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First topic will focus on concussions and head injuries

Two student leaders at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) announced that “Concussions and Head Injuries,” the inaugural offering of a new Sports Medicine Lecture series at GCSOM, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Michael Pheasant of East Stroudsburg and Bradley Garcia of Doylestown, both third-year medical students, are members of GCSOM’s Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS). Together they and Mark Seeley, MD, SMS club advisor and faculty sponsor, developed the concept for sharing information on safety, exercise and health for free with the community. The Musculoskeletal Institute at Geisinger then helped to create and launch the program. Lectures will offer expert insight that will help athletes, coaches, parents and community members gain a better understanding of topics focused on healthy living through a sports medicine perspective.

At the Sept. 17 lecture, Roxanna Larsen, director of sports medicine, orthotics & fitness, Musculoskeletal Institute at Geisinger and Kelly Clark, program manager of sports medicine, Geisinger Wyoming Valley will present “Concussions and Head Injuries,” a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded lecture. Both Larsen and Clark were instrumental in guiding the students and recruiting future speakers.

The lecture will be held at GCSOM, 525 Pine Street in Scranton and is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, contact Michael Pheasant at

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) 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 nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 23 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.


About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS) Sports Medicine Lecture - Sept. 2019
Bradley Garcia and Michael Pheasant, both third-year medical student and members of GCSOM’s Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS)
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