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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) recently participated in LMSA’s Policy Summit held in October in Washington, D.C.

Second-year medical students Jasmine Santos and Andres Rodriguez are co-presidents of GCSOM’s chapter. Third-year student, Yoseph Aldras, who served as president in his second year, is now external liaison for LMSA’s national Policy Committee. In that position, he helped plan the summit, developed promotional materials, worked with invited speakers and reviewed policy resolutions drafted by attendees at the three-day event.

As a group, the GCSOM delegation – the largest to attend the summit in GCSOM’s history --visited Congressional leaders representing states and districts in which the students reside, including U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.); U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (California); U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (California); U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (Michigan); and U.S Rep. Diana DeGette (Colorado).

The goal of the summit was to provide students with tools to become involved in health policy processes to address and improve health disparities facing the Latino community. In addition to visiting the offices of Congressional leaders, LMSA members participated in seminars at the headquarters of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and learned about policy issues specifically impacting the Latino community, especially in regard to health disparities. On the final day of the summit, the students held a House of Delegates meeting during which they were encouraged to submit draft resolutions to be reviewed for placement on the official platform of the student group.

LMSA chapters are based at medical schools throughout the nation and are meant to unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

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Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Policy Summit 2018
GCSOM students seen at the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. included, from left, front row: Tiffany Garcia, a first-year medical student; Yoseph Aldras, a third-year medical student and external liaison for LMSA’s national Policy Committee; and Andres Rodriguez, a second-year medical student and co-president of GCSOM’s chapter of LMSA. Back row, from left: Meghan Loser (in red sweater), a second-year medical student; Angelica De Freitas, a first-year student; Erik Gamarra, a first-year student; and John Piserchio, a first-year student.
Yoseph Aldras, MD Class of 2020
Yoseph Aldras, MD Class of 2020
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