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 (Williamsport). 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 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.
The Commonwealth Medical College educates aspiring physicians and scientists to serve society using a community-based, patient-centered, interprofessional and evidence-based model of education that is committed to inclusion, promotes discovery and utilizes innovative techniques.
TCMC was established through the grassroots efforts of visionary individuals who understood what a community-based medical school would bring to a region - and worked to make it a reality. Their goal was to provide more physicians and improved healthcare resources for the people of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The focus was to create a unique medical education experience that focused on caring for people in their lives and community.
TCMC began as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Medical Education Development Consortium (MEDC) in 2003. The consortium included business, medical, community, and government representatives. After acquiring funding, a $35 million grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program; $25 million in start up funding from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and an additional $45 million in 2008 to construct the Medical Sciences Building; state, federal and private philanthropic sources, the Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation was formed. In the spring of 2007, Robert M. D'Alessandri, MD, began his tenure as president and founding dean.
TCMC was established in 2008 and welcomed its first class of 65 medical students and 13 Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009.
In 2011, TCMC opened the 185,000 square foot Medical Sciences Building in Scranton that houses the academic and research programs.
TCMC is a nonprofit organization and to date, has recruited more than 170 full time faculty and staff and more than 800 volunteer clinical faculty throughout the 16-county region.
During the next 20 years, the medical school is expected to add 425 qualified, diverse practicing physicians to the region. In addition, it is expected to add $70 million to the local economy and create 1,000 new jobs that directly and indirectly support the school's operations.
Meet Dean Scheinman
Steven J. Scheinman, MD, joined TCMC in September 2012 as president and dean. Dr. Scheinman is an exceptional leader with a strong and broad vision to advance the College's educational, administrative, and research activities in exciting new ways.
Dr. Scheinman brings outstanding leadership and academic credentials to TCMC. He comes to us from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he was professor of medicine and pharmacology and served for eight years as its senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.
Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Scheinman has earned international prominence for his research into the genetics of inherited kidney diseases and kidney stones.
He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters on topics related to kidney disease and genetics. For most of his career he was principal investigator on grants funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, and other agencies. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and a visiting professor at many prominent universities across the United States and abroad.
Dr. Scheinman has served on review boards for the National Institutes of Health, American Society of Nephrology, American Federation for Clinical/Medical Research, American Heart Association, and National Kidney Foundation, among others. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Society of Nephrology, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education, and has served on a number of national boards related to medical education.
He will continue to serve on the board of the National Resident Match Program. Dr. Scheinman is an advocate on healthcare workforce issues and matters affecting medical schools.
Dr. Scheinman holds an A.B., summa cum laude, from Amherst College in Massachusetts and received his medical degree with honors from Yale University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital; was chief resident in internal medicine at Upstate; and completed fellowships in nephrology at Upstate Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was an attending physician at University Hospital, Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.
Medical Sciences Building
The Medical Sciences Building (MSB) is the home of TCMC's academic and research programs. Opened in April 2011 and dedicated in October 2011, the 185,000 square foot MSB occupies a three-acre parcel of land in downtown Scranton and houses students, faculty and staff.
The library is 95% digital and accessible 24/7 by students, faculty and staff.
Clinical Skills and Simulation Center
The Clinical Skills and Simulation Center is nearly 10,000 square feet and features state-of-the-art equipment for simulation and standardized patient experiences.
Lecture halls seat up to 160 people and are integrated with technology for distance learning to connect the regional campuses.
Classrooms are 100% Wi-Fi enabled and feature Smart Board technology.
Small group room
Small group learning and study is essential to TCMC's curriculum. The MSB has 24 small group rooms.
Designed with student input, the student lounge features comfortable study and relaxation space, a kitchenette, and spectacular views of west Scranton.
TCMC is committed to energy and vital resource efficiency. While building the Medical Sciences Building, efforts were taken to reduce waste and create an environmentally-friendly design.
The facilities team is seeking silver status with Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design (LEED); LEED certification is an internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Technology at TCMC
The Commonwealth Medical College's Information Services and Technologies Department (ITS) provides overall design, development and management of the College's information technology environment in support of the College's mission and curriculum.
The department supports all regional campuses and the TCMC network is available across all locations, creating an environment in which systems, individuals and communities interact seamlessly for:
Through technologies and services, TCMC staff strives to maintain an environment that leads to new possibilities - new bodies of knowledge, new synergies, and new capabilities within TCMC that in turn enable an environment desired and required by students, faculty, staff, affiliates and community stakeholders of the institution.
"My TCMC" is an internal portal that allows students, faculty and staff to have a virtual view of the institution and the resources available to them. The portal provides online course support and facilitates activities such as groups and organizations, wikis, blogs and select resources. It also serves as a vehicle for communicating with students via news/RSS feeds, announcements, task management, calendar events, and more.
Faculty members use the portal to post course assignments, documents, announcements, grades, etc. for each of their classes. They also use the discussion board to collaborate with the class. The My TCMC portal also provides students, staff and faculty with in depth information about:
The Student Services component of the portal includes:
The portal contains the audio/video delivery system and allows students to view or download course content at any time to a variety of form factors and devices including both browser enabled computers and the latest mobile devices. Classroom capture software is available to faculty members enabling them to provide students with an audio and video record of lectures and laboratory sessions through the portal.
Technology Development Center
The Technology Development Center, located in the TCMC Library, serves as a resource for faculty and students and provides support for technology issues, education and training for optimal use of technology. Faculty created content is available 24/7 and instructors and staff can easily post and change content on their own. The Technology Development Center is equipped with audio, photo and video editing software, as well as desktop publishing software, a high quality printer, Scantron machine and scanner.
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