The Commonwealth Medical College REACH-HEI Students Host Neighborhood Open House


Summer enrichment programs provide community health day and open house.

Scranton, PA More than 80 students of The Commonwealth Medical College’s (TCMC) Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health – Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI) will host a community health fair and open house on Wednesday, August 3, 9am – 12pm at TCMC, 525 Pine Street, Scranton.  Health screenings and information on: blood pressure, hand hygiene, heart health, nutrition, yoga, oral health, car seat safety, substance abuse, skin cancer, household safety, CPR, vaccinations and more will be presented. The event is free and open to the public.

TCMC’s REACH-HEI program provides a pathway to health careers for high school, undergraduate and pre-matriculating medical qualifying students in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) who are interested in medicine or health related professions. Through REACH-HEI summer/after-school enrichment programs and research internships, economically disadvantaged students receive the education and training needed to successfully enter and graduate from medical or health professions schools.

TCMC received a $2.4 million Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) federal grant to fund the development of the REACH-HEI initiative over three years, serving more than 400 students in NEPA. In partnership with Misericorida University, Luzerne County Community College, East Stroudsburg University, Area Health Education Center Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and Scranton Area High Schools, TCMC will provide education, research, training and support programs that will cultivate interest and capacity to pursue higher education health science professions in NEPA.

To learn more about TCMC’s REACH-HEI program, visit

Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest allopathic (M D) medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 165 employees and over 700 clinical faculty members. Construction of the Medical Sciences Building, located at 525 Pine Street in Scranton, was completed in April 2011 and is now home to TCMC faculty, students and staff.  The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists in a community-based model throughout 16 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information, please go to

Photo Caption: From left (first row): Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH; Marina L. Odierno; Ida L. Castro, MA, JD; Maureen Murtha; Kathleen Covey; (second row) Diego Motta; Nicholas Calder; Kingsley Amoakohene; Anne K. Misiura; Elizabeth Dorn; Joelene M. Joinvil; Khushbu Shah; Samarth Shah; Nicholas Serniak.