The Commonwealth Medical College

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The Commonwealth Medical College
TCMC logo.jpg
MottoTogether, we will change the future.
Established2008
TypePrivate
DeanSteven J. Scheinman, MD
Alumni97
Academic staff800+
Admin. staff165
Students327
LocationScranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus525 Pine Street, Scranton, PA 18509
NicknameTCMC
AffiliationsAAMC
Websitehttp://www.thecommonwealthmedical.com/
 
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The Commonwealth Medical College
TCMC logo.jpg
MottoTogether, we will change the future.
Established2008
TypePrivate
DeanSteven J. Scheinman, MD
Alumni97
Academic staff800+
Admin. staff165
Students327
LocationScranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus525 Pine Street, Scranton, PA 18509
NicknameTCMC
AffiliationsAAMC
Websitehttp://www.thecommonwealthmedical.com/

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.

Mission[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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 nearly 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.

TCMC's first class was graduated in May, 2013. [1]

Financial problems[edit]

In 2011, TCMC was put on probation by the American medical school accrediting body because of budget difficulties.[2] In 2012, TCMC was removed from probation. [3]

In 2012, TCMC was awarded provisional accreditation status.[4]

TCMC has been state funded and linked this way to political corruption. A $35 million state funding issue helped create TCMC. This funding was stewarded through the State legislature by former Sen. Robert Mellow (D-Peckville).[5] Mellow retired in 2010 ahead of his indictment on federal corruption charges.[6] He pled guilty in 2012.[7]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://thecommonwealthmedical.com/wtn/Page.asp?PageID=WTN000239
  2. ^ http://citizensvoice.com/news/commonwealth-medical-college-now-on-probation-1.1162002
  3. ^ http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/commonwealth-medical-college-taken-off-probation-1.1329922
  4. ^ http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-medical-college-president-expects-financial-security-from-mix-of-sources-1.1380148
  5. ^ http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/prisons-sub-for-ethics-mellow-case-another-mess-that-indicts-state-legislature-1.1287107
  6. ^ http://citizensvoice.com/news/the-rise-and-fall-of-bob-mellow-1.1287213
  7. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-14/news/31690181_1_plea-agreement-ethics-commission-rent