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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

SCRANTON -- The REACH-HEI Pathways Programs at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will present a fun, science-filled day created specifically for girls in grades 7 and 8 to gain visibility and engagement with women in the fields of medicine, healthcare, public health and the sciences. As “Girls in Sciences,” participants will rotate through learning stations centered around topics like environmental science, sonography, DNA, microbiology, nursing and more. 

Maureen Murtha, executive director of the REACH-HEI Pathways Programs, likes to cite a quote attributed to Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. “You can’t become what you don’t see,” Ms. Murtha said. “This day is dedicated to showing girls what being a woman in science looks like. We’ll have women presenting as medical students, healthcare professionals, and higher education representatives, hosting the science stations and interacting with participants – and they’ll be ready to discuss what interested them in science and how they pursued their dreams. Best of all, the hands-on activities are fun and sure to ignite the children’s curiosity.”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 and is hosted by REACH HEI Pathway Programs at GCSOM and Geisinger Commonwealth’s American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) chapter.

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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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