September

Training the caregivers of tomorrow

Education at Geisinger

Donors have long recognized the importance of educating the healthcare teams of the future. Generosity from the community is vital to the students of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM), many of whom receive scholarships toward their medical education. Donors to programs like GCSOM and Geisinger Lewistown School of Nursing see their gifts as a worthy investment.

Students learn more than anatomy and physiology; their education extends to understanding how the health of one person is connected to the health of his or her community, and how to impact change in both. In collaboration with Springboard Health, GCSOM hosted “Colleges Building Community: 10,000 Meals,” where students from area colleges joined GCSOM students to build a living case study on how food insecurity impacts the community. Throughout the day, which was funded through a gift from the Quandel Construction Group, discussion surrounded nutrition and education, food deserts and the economics of nutrition and healthcare. Then the students packaged 10,000 meals for families in need in the Scranton School District.

Geisinger Lewistown School of Nursing also sees philanthropy impacting its students. The newest class of future nurses, the class of 2020, is the largest ever accepted at the school. Likewise, GCSOM admitted its largest class in the Master in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program in August, in addition to its newest class of future doctors. Because of the generosity of donors to these programs, the future of the medical profession looks very bright indeed.