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University of the Sciences and The Commonwealth Medical College Formalize Articulation Agreement
Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USciences) and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) in Scranton have formalized an articulation agreement that would help students earn their medical doctorate degree.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for University of the Sciences students to travel in a direct path to medical school,” said Dr. Suzanne Murphy, dean of the USciences’ Misher College of Arts and Sciences. “The agreement also benefits TCMC because they receive excellent students who are prepared for the rigors of medical school.”

The agreement allows for up to seven students per year to be accepted into TCMC by way of the USciences/TCMC articulation agreement provided they meet program requirements including such things as undergraduate prerequisites, minimum GPA and MCAT as well as an interview. Students may apply to the combined USciences/TCMC program prior to admission but no later than the end of second year at USciences where they would be screened for acceptance, successfully complete four years of education including the admission requirements for TCMC’s Doctor of Medicine Program, and then graduate with a bachelor of science degree before moving on to medical school.

“Both institutions share a commitment to academic excellence, dedication to education, research, and community service which can make a seamless transition for prospective medical students to enter medical school,” stated Robert M. D’ Alessandri, MD, president and dean of TCMC. “We are committed to working with institutions to develop agreements that will enhance and expand the overall educational experience for students studying in Pennsylvania,” Dr. D’ Alessandri continued. 

“Clearly the advantage for students is an identified seat at the start of their collegiate careers,” Dr. Murphy said.

USciences students should contact Lisa Thayer, assistant director of pre-health professions programs, at 215.596.8827 or l.thayer@usp.edu, or visit www.usciences.edu/academics/programs/premed/DualDegree/TCMC.aspx for more information.

The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the newest allopathic medical schools in the United States focuses on providing a community-based distributive model of medical education offering student early clinical exposure beginning the first day of their education. In TCMC’s three regional campuses of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport, students are assigned a continuity mentor and multi-generational family that they follow for all four years of their medical education. In years three and four of their medical education, students live in their assigned regional campuses where they will train in inpatient and outpatient settings. For information, go to www.thecommonwealthmedical.com.

At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in the lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy. For more information, visit usciences.edu.
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