Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Education

Reprioritizing HIV: A Q&A with Med Student Robert Bonacci

By Steve Graff | May 9, 2016 | Comments RBonacci_Headshot (4)

Last week, a study on the falling HIV infections rates in the U.S. from Perelman School of Medicine student Robert Bonacci delivered good news, but it also presented a reality about the shortcomings in the nation’s strategy to combat the disease, as well as the health disparities that exist today.... Read more

Witness to History: David Hosack and the Deaths of Two Hamiltons (pt. 2)

By Robert Press | April 29, 2016 | Comments Untitled-1

Google Maps This is the second part of a piece on Dr. David Hosack—a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania medical school (now known as the Perelman School of Medicine)—and his work as physician for the family of our nation's first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton. The first part can be... Read more

Witness to History: David Hosack and the Deaths of Two Hamiltons (pt. 1)

By Robert Press | April 27, 2016 | Comments Hamilton-burr-duel

All images from At more than 250 years old, the medical school at the University of Pennsylvania predates the United States of America by about a decade. Between that and its location at the very heart of this new nation, the school has been witness to—and produced witnesses to—significant... Read more

“Penn Village” Sets up Camp Again at 2016’s Philly Science Festival

By Karen Kreeger | April 15, 2016 | Comments Headphones

The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off on April 22, and Penn Medicine will again play a leading role in the sixth annual city-wide event that showcases science and technology from all corners of the Delaware Valley. The Festival packs more than 90 events into nine days at diverse locations across... Read more

Who Is the Cookie Doctor?

By John Shea | January 29, 2016 | Comments Cookie Doctor cover

Peter T. Pugliese, MD, a member of the Class of 1957 of what is now the Perelman School of Medicine, has had a varied career. Becoming a doctor was, he says, “a long and arduous trip.” Along the way, “I found God, lost him, and found him again. . .... Read more

Abramson Cancer Center Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Urge HPV Vaccine

By Steve Graff | January 27, 2016 | Comments Hpv

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) joined 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers today urging for increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in both girls and boys for the prevention of cancer. Each year in the United States, 14 million new HPV infections occur, and 27,000 men and women are diagnosed... Read more

The Perelman School of Medicine: A Proving Ground for History’s Top Academic Leaders

By John Shea | December 30, 2015 | Comments image from

Joseph Leidy (MD 1844) As the celebration of the 250th anniversary year of the founding of the Perelman School of Medicine comes to an end, it seems appropriate to take a brief look at the school’s role in preparing its students, trainees, and faculty members for important positions in academic... Read more

Penn Medicine Year in Review 2015

By Greg Richter | December 23, 2015 | Comments Year_in_review

Before we celebrate the New Year – perhaps by experiencing the ball drop in Times Square or the always entertaining Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day in Center City – let’s reflect on a few of the many ways that Penn Medicine advanced patient care, research, and medical education in... Read more

Doctors Without Barriers

By Greg Richter | December 4, 2015 | Comments image from

Elizabeth Blackwell Society Board Members Olivia Bernal, Christy Hong, Gia Yannekis, Jessica Dong, and Rosaline Zhang. The Perelman School of Medicine’s (PSOM) Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) interest group, Elizabeth Blackwell Society (EBS), and Leo Leung Orthopaedic Society recently hosted a panel discussion called "The Specialty Less Traveled." The event offered... Read more

Fracking, Blogging, and Creating Art: The New Issue of "Penn Medicine"

By John Shea | December 2, 2015 | Comments PM_FALL COVER

“Just a few years ago, the term fracking might have drawn a perplexed stare from most of the general population.” That’s how writer Mark Wolverton puts it in “Fracking and Public Health: Finding the Best Balance,” the cover story of the Fall 2015 issue of Penn Medicine. Perplexity is certainly... Read more

Debunking Hospital Lore (Again)

By Steve Graff | November 11, 2015 | Comments Landing-education

It seems to come up every July, when the new batch of residents, most fresh out of medical school, begins their hospital rotations. Will the quality of health care decrease during this changeover, as less-experienced doctors move in and start to treat patients? Results from hundreds of studies over the... Read more

A Safe Place for Important Practice

By Paul Foster | September 29, 2015 | Comments image from

“This can’t be happening,” Sarah said through teary-eyed disbelief. “I’ve been clean for six years. I’ve been doing so good.” Denise LaMarra, director of the Standardized Patient Program, standing in front of Jared and Sarah Jared Huber, her doctor, had just told her the she had tested positive for HIV,... Read more

Bet You Didn’t Spend Your Weekend Like This

By Abbey Anderson | September 16, 2015 | Comments

How did you spend your weekend? At the beach or the pool? Perhaps you hosted a barbeque. Or maybe you spent it sleeping on the floor of a professional sports arena next to a few thousand strangers. If you participated in the 2015 PennApps Hackathon, that’s exactly how you would... Read more

Health Insurance 101

By Katie Delach | September 4, 2015 | Comments 6146019603_a6964f83ba_o

University of Pennsylvania founder Ben Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” That may have been true back in Mr. Franklin’s time, but today, it seems having questions about health insurance plans and policies is just as certain. Even Penn... Read more

Plugging up the Pipeline

By Karen Kreeger | September 2, 2015 | Comments Steps Jeremy Levine

Cultivating a career in biomedical research is basically a series of experiential steps: Most times, but not always, it starts with a knack and interest in STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math -- in high school, a relevant major in college, eventually earning a PhD, and securing a... Read more

An Eye-Opening Experience in China

By Guest Blogger | August 26, 2015 | Comments Magoon_pic 1

Christopher Magoon is a second year medical studen... Read more

No Grey Area: Perelman Holds 20th White Coat Ceremony (photos)

By Steve Graff | August 24, 2015 | Comments

Looking back on the founding of the Perelman School of Medicine 250 years ago of course reveals the major changes that have occurred in medical education, but you don’t have to go back that far to see notable differences. Advances in technology have moved at breakneck speed and the education... Read more

Using Summertime for a Head Start in the Lab

By Karen Kreeger | August 5, 2015 | Comments Summer in the lab pic Aug 2015

Back in 2013, the Penn Medicine News Blog covered then rising high school junior Kareema Dixon, who started her science career, in part, by participating in the BioEYES program developed by Jamie Shuda, EdD, director of Life Science Outreach at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IRM). Dixon continued with her... Read more

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

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