Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Education

Students Explore Health Careers Across Penn Campus (photos)

By Steve Graff | July 29, 2015 | Comments Summer camp

The University of Pennsylvania’s OneHealth Initiative has shined a light on the substantive amount of crossover and collaboration among Penn’s health schools. From ticks to cancer detection to antibiotic resistance, we’ve touched on a lot of topics involving faculty from around the whole campus. But let us put the research... Read more

John Morgan: in Europe and at Home

By John Shea | June 24, 2015 | Comments John Morgan

John Morgan conquered Europe. The son of a Philadelphia shopkeeper, Morgan did not have the advantages of his former schoolmate and friend and future colleague at the newly established medical school at the College of Philadelphia, William Shippen Jr. Shippen was a great-grandson of a Philadelphia mayor and a nephew... Read more

A Medal Well Deserved

By John Shea | May 29, 2015 | Comments image from

For the last few weeks, it has been the season of graduation, a time of transitions, when new graduates look ahead to their next important steps. That’s especially true for those graduating from medical school, who will be setting forth to many locations for their medical training or research pursuits.... Read more

250 Years of Progress, Here's to 250 More

By Robert Press | May 26, 2015 | Comments

A whole lot can happen in 250 years. That’s partially because — and I guess this isn’t much of a surprise — 250 years is a long time. Long enough for a standard snail to circle the globe about 2.64 times (seriously, I did the math). Long enough for Niagara... Read more

Henry A. Jordan Medical Education Center Ribbon Cutting to Kick off 250th Celebration Weekend (video)

By Steve Graff | May 11, 2015 | Comments

A highlight of the 250th birthday celebrations for the Perelman School of Medicine -- the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center -- will take place this Friday with the Jordan family, students, alumni, faculty and leadership. The event kicks off a celebratory weekend that...

Penn Medicine at the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival

By Karen Kreeger | April 9, 2015 | Comments 2014 Carnival Penn village tents

Penn Medicine will again play a leading role in the fifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide collaboration showcasing science and technology every spring. The Festival packs more than 100 events into nine days at locations across the region, including restaurants and breweries, parks, libraries, and museums. Read more

Beginner Brain Science (Slide Show)

By Karen Kreeger | March 30, 2015 | Comments NGG class and grad students 1

NGG class and grad students 1“What has a brain?” asked Patti Murphy, a doctoral student in the lab of Michael Granato, PhD, a professor of Cell and Development Biology. “Sharks!” “Humans!” “Dinosaurs had really little brains!” came the enthusiastic replies from the first-graders in Leonor Jimenez’s science classroom at Independence Charter School, a Philadelphia school known for its cultural diversity, advanced curriculum, including science at early grade levels, and dedicated teachers and parent volunteers. This is the second year that grad students in the Penn Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG) conducted a two-day neuroscience outreach program for elementary school students in Philadelphia. Read more

Penn Med Students Celebrate Match Day (video)

By Steve Graff | March 24, 2015 | Comments

This past Friday, students all over the country found out where they'd be completing their residency training at our annual Match Day event. Mark Attiah (M'15) says it best: "All the sweat, the blood, the tears, the late nights, the frustrations...all are coalesced into this one envelope that you see...

Match Day at Perelman: The University of Virginia. Home.

By Steve Graff | March 23, 2015 | Comments Third Blog post

On Friday, March 20, 159 students from the Perelman School of Medicine found out, one by one, where they are headed for residency training during an emotional event filled with lots of cheering, hugs and more cheering. What an exhilarating day! For our last blog, Anna Jesus shares her Match... Read more

What Should the Doctor – or Would-Be Doctor – Know?

By John Shea | March 20, 2015 | Comments image from

Students applying to medical school today can expect to have grappled with chemistry and organic chemistry, biology, and physics. The MCATs test their knowledge of physical sciences and biological sciences, considered essential for the profession. But 250 years ago, when John Morgan, MD, was presenting his ideas for what would...

Match Day at Perelman: 'Congratulations! You Have Matched!'

By Steve Graff | March 18, 2015 | Comments 11016108_10101981152057206_7706614226664243467_n

Each year, Perelman School of Medicine students and medical students across the country count down to annual “Match Day,” which marks one of the most important days in a medical student's career. Friday, March 20, students will come together with their classmates and wait for the envelope that will tell... Read more

Match Day at Perelman: Family and French Countryside Before the Big Day

By Steve Graff | March 12, 2015 | Comments FullSizeRender (9)

Each year, Perelman School of Medicine students and medical students across the country count down to annual “Match Day,” which marks one of the most important days in a medical student's career. Friday, March 20, students will come together with their classmates and wait for the envelope that will tell... Read more

What’s Going on Inside the Richards Medical Research Building These Days?

By Karen Kreeger | March 4, 2015 | Comments Richards_Labs_Penn

The early 1960s were a heady time on the medical school campus and another wonderful chapter in its past 250 years. In 1960, Peter Nowell and David Hungerford discovered the Philadelphia chromosome, which linked cancer to genetic abnormalities for the first time. In 1962, Aaron Beck devised a revolutionary form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. Both of these achievements were destined for international fame and utility. In between those clinical accomplishments, in 1961, an eight-story medical research building, designed by iconoclast architect Louis Kahn, was completed on Hamilton Walk. It was named after renowned Penn pharmacologist and department chair Alfred Newton Richards. Read more

Diving into Penn's African American History

By Steve Graff | February 27, 2015 | Comments Resolver

During this year, when we are celebrating our 250th anniversary, it is important to recognize the contributions of African Americans to building the institution we are today. Our archives provide a rich source of information that reveals the importance of personal resilience and significant institutional milestones. The medical school opened... Read more

What We've Been Up To: January and February, in Pictures

By Robert Press | February 21, 2015 | Comments

If you feel like you've seen an awful lot of "Hey, check out some shots from the grand opening of [insert massive medical facility here]!" lately, that's because, well ... yeah, we've been opening a whole bunch of new space. In just the past few months we've celebrated the opening... Read more

A New Space for a New Era in Medical Education: Jordan Center Opens its Doors (PHOTOS)

By Steve Graff | January 29, 2015 | Comments

Today, the Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center is officially open for classes! But it’s also Throwback Thursday. So here’s a slide show of photos that starts back in 2013, when Penn Medicine began construction on its new home for medical education, and ends with a few shots of... Read more

Founders . . . and Feuders

By John Shea | January 23, 2015 | Comments William Shippen

The names are often linked: John Morgan and William Shippen Jr. They were the first two professors of medicine in the College of Philadelphia in 1765, the beginnings of what would become the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school. Today’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania includes the Founders’ Pavilion --... Read more

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2014!

By Steve Graff | December 31, 2014 | Comments

Before we ring in the New Year, the Penn Medicine department of Communications is taking a look back at 2014, a year filled with more breakthroughs in medical research, growth at the Penn Medicine campus, and philanthropic support. This year, we took a different approach and put together a year...

Changing Places: Penn Medicine’s Educational Homes

By John Shea | December 30, 2014 | Comments image from

Large Seminar Room, Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center As the yearlong celebration of the Perelman School of Medicine’s 250th anniversary continues, construction on the Henry A. Jordan M ’62 Medical Education Center is nearly complete. Classes will begin there in early 2015. The new center will offer an... Read more

Achieving Healthy Skin from Within

By Katie Delach | December 30, 2014 | Comments Fruit_skin

With all the get-togethers, parties, and family dinners, the holiday season can be tough on our waistlines. But, beyond the belt, the food we consume can affect us in other ways, too. What once was a quick and easy trip to the grocery store has now for some become much... Read more

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