The Commonwealth Medical College

About TCMC

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is one of the nation’s newest medical colleges located in northeast and north central Pennsylvania that offers a community-based model of medical education with three regional campuses - north (Scranton), south (Wilkes-Barre) and west (). The College was awarded degree-granting authority by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2008, received preliminary LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accreditation in 2008; provisional accreditation in 2012,  and accepted its first class of medical and master's students in 2009. TCMC offers a Medical Degree (MD) program, Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degree, and Professional Science of Masters degree.

The College attracts students from within its 16-county region as well as from across Pennsylvania and the nation who are interested in studying evidence- and community-based medicine and who have a strong desire to serve their community. The students have early clinical experiences and are engaged with clinical mentors right from the start of their education.

TCMC Regional Campus

The Commonwealth Medical College partners with several hundred physicians who comprise the  clinical faculty and are affiliated with many health systems and hospitals in the central portion of Pennsylvania, including Susquehanna Health.  The Regional Campus includes Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan and Clinton counties.

The Program

From the very first day of medical school, students become part of the community and are assigned to one of the regional campuses. Each student is assigned a physician mentor and a Family Centered Experience Program family who lives and works in the region, to work with throughout the curriculum.

The Family Centered Experience Program family is a unique aspect of the MD program curriculum. The family volunteers their time and allows students to observe and learn medicine from the patient perspective, including how the family makes medical decisions, pays for services, and navigates the healthcare system.

Time spent in the regional campus varies by year. In year one and year two, students spend (three) one-week rotations in the region to gain clinical experience early in the learning process. In addition, students work with local health agencies and participate in community service projects that enhance the health of regional citizens.

In year three and year four, medical students live and work in the regional campus full time.