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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

This agreement helps eliminate obstacles to gaining admission.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) and Marywood University recently signed an affiliation agreement wherein Marywood graduates who achieve an established admissions requirement are guaranteed an interview at GCSOM for possible admission to its Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. 
Sister Mary Persico, IHM, EdD, president of Marywood University, said, “Here in NEPA, we observe a maze of what’s referred to as the ‘eds’ and the ‘meds’—fine educational institutions and excellent medical systems. For a very long time, we have been siloed, working at cross-purposes. This agreement is a strong step toward collaboration, which puts not only our students but also our greater community in the focal point of change for a better future.”
Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of GCSOM and executive vice president and chief academic officer of Geisinger, said, “Today’s affiliation agreement underscores Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s longstanding commitment to our community, especially to our local students. I am delighted that the smart and capable students who graduate from Marywood may now find the admissions path to our medical school a bit less onerous.”
Marywood University prepares students to have a positive impact on society at regional and global levels while providing each student with the foundation for success in an interdependent world. Marywood University is co-educational, comprehensive, residential, and Catholic. Founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the University serves men and women from a variety of backgrounds and religions. The University enrolls more than 2,500 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Committed to enriching human lives through ethical and religious values and a tradition of service and motivated by a pioneering, progressive spirit, Marywood provides a framework for educational excellence that enables students to develop fully as persons and to master professional and leadership skills necessary for meeting human needs.


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.

GCSOM and Marywood sign affiliation agreement
Seen from left: Michelle Schmude, EdD, associate dean for Admissions, Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, GCSOM; William Jeffries, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs and vice dean for Medical Education, GCSOM; Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean, GCSOM; Sister Mary Persico, IHM, EdD, president, Marywood University; Susan C. Turell, PhD, provost, Marywood University; Ann Boland-Chase, MA, CMFC, vice president for Enrollment Services and Student Success, Marywood University
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