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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Five GCSOM fourth-year medical students participated in military match; one student participated in early match for ophthalmology

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) announced that six fourth-year medical students at GCSOM have successfully matched into residency programs. While most of the MD Class of 2019 will learn the locations of their residency programs at noon on Friday, March 15, several "matches” occur prior to the national residency event, including for military matches and matches for specialties like ophthalmology and urology.

The student matches are:

Military Match

  • Sean Basile of Quakertown, internal medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Brandon Cope of Scranton, general surgery at Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Madalyn Plessinger of Fallentimber, family medicine at Offutt Air Force Base residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Stephen Mazurkivich of West Wyoming, internal medicine at Wright-Patterson Medical Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
  • Sarah McDonald, pediatrics at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Ophthalmology Match

Laura Barna of Mountain Top, ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, New York

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

About Geisinger
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.

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