August 2013 Archive - Penn Medicine News Blog

Penn Holds White Coat Ceremony, But First a ‘Game of Thrones’ and Sketch Comedy

By Steve Graff // August 27, 2013 // Comments IMG_3855

The White Coat Ceremony doesn’t really kick off medical school, many of you may not know. Technically, it starts days before, with lectures, group exercises, trips to the library and even patient interaction. OK, they may be more on the fun side, but everyone certainly learns something during orientation week... Read more

Some Firsts of the First

By John Shea // August 23, 2013 // Comments Illos

John Morgan, MD The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest medical school in the nation –- and it’s getting older every day. In fact, it is 99.3 percent of the way to reaching 250 years old. On May 3, 1765, the trustees of the... Read more

The Med Days of Summer

By Karen Kreeger // August 22, 2013 // Comments PARS 1

On the Penn Med campus, mid-August marks the start of the end for many undergrads and high-school students who are wrapping up lab experiments and making presentations about their work in an array of programs designed to showcase what research is all about. Read more

Every Story Counts

By Kim Menard // August 20, 2013 // Comments NBC Nightly News Melissa Livney Penn Memory Center

Ever wonder what it's like to work in a media relations office at a busy academic medical center? Much like other aspects of medicine, it’s fast-paced – and there’s something new and often unexpected to work on every day. To give you a glimpse of the velocity and variety of topics we cover in a given year, we're pulling out some interesting stats from our 2013 fiscal year end media wrap-up report to share with you. Read more

Penn Medicine Researchers Find Sleep Beliefs Vary Along Racial Lines in Philadelphia

By Jessica Mikulski // August 12, 2013 // Comments Empty-bed

When it comes to sleep, Penn Medicine researchers are finding out that some things really are black and white. A new study focusing on the sleep beliefs and behaviors of older women in the Philadelphia area found that older black women in the City of Brotherly Love may be more... Read more

Clinical Excellence: More than Skills and Knowledge

By Sally Sapega // August 7, 2013 // Comments Rockwell

Doctor and The Doll, a classic Norman Rockwell painting that graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1929, harkens back to a simpler time, when the kindly family doctor was always available and willing to take care of any ‘patient,’ human or otherwise. The increasing complexity of medicine... Read more

Teaming up for Neuroscience Innovation

By Kim Menard // August 5, 2013 // Comments IMG_3527

Following a briefing on the current state of neuroscience research across the United States, held in Philadelphia's University City Science Center and hosted by Congressman Chaka Fattah, we had the opportunity to take the morning's featured speaker, Dr. Philip Rubin, Principal Assistant Director for Science at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), on a whirlwind tour of brain-related research here at Penn Medicine. Read more

High School Students from Around the World Attend Medical School Camp at Penn

By Steve Graff // August 1, 2013 // Comments IMG_3421

If you heard a bunch of high school students scream at the top of their lungs “Don’t kill the patient!” last week at the Penn Medicine Clinical Simulation Center at Rittenhouse, relax. Everyone is alive and well—it was just “Laparoscopic Olympics,” one of the many activities from the Perelman School... Read more

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