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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Virtual commencement held Sunday, May 17

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) conferred 103 doctor of medicine (MD) degrees upon students who comprise its MD Class of 2020. The virtual commencement ceremony was held on Sunday, May 17.
The virtual commencement ceremony was designed in consultation with the Class of 2020. Many class members, wearing their regalia, were draped in the hood that signifies their degree by a loved one at home during the live-streamed event.
Steven J. Scheinman, MD, GCSOM president and dean, presided and Brianna Shinn, MD, GCSOM Class of 2016, offered greetings from Geisinger Commonwealth’s growing Alumni Society. The keynote speaker was Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, president and CEO of Geisinger, whose address was prerecorded and posted online. Other prerecorded presentations include an invocation by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera; welcome remarks from GCSOM's board of directors by Mr. Robert Dietz; an address by Dr. Scheinman; and benediction by Rabbi Larry Kaplan. Recordings can be viewed at
GCSOM will hold a virtual commencement ceremony on June 28 for its Master of Biomedical Sciences degree students. 


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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