Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Education

An Outdoor Kickoff to the Philadelphia Science Festival

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Head outdoors this weekend with Penn Medicine to kick off the fourth annual Philadelphia Science Festival.The weather for Saturday and Sunday is predicted to be 0% showers, with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s. Join Penn Medicine faculty, students, and staff at two of the city’s most spectacular...

Leape's Conclusion: Health Care's "Culture of Disrespect"

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There are not many people who could address a gathering of medical professionals associated with one of the most highly regarded academic health systems in the country and talk to them about their part in a pervasive “culture of disrespect.” Talk to them, that is, and not be hissed off...

Penn Medicine at the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival

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PSF 2011 Carnival Dry icePenn Medicine will again play a starring role in the 4th annual Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide collaboration showcasing science and technology every spring.

2014 Facts and Figures Shows Penn Medicine’s Expanding Footprint

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In the 2014 edition of Penn Medicine’s annual Facts and Figures report, readers can find numerous achievements in research, education, and patient care from the past year. Highlights from this year’s text include Penn Medicine continuing as one of the nation’s top recipients of National Institutes of Health funding, the...

Passing Wisdom On

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In a medical school as historic and intellectually demanding as Penn’s, it’s no surprise that the students occasionally seek some kind of alternative activity. Some of these activities continue to be based on their usual interests and concerns. The annual Spoof, combining music and comedy, comes to mind. In the...

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Penn’s Neuroscience Grad Students Reach Out During Brain Week, and Beyond

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Philadelphia is a cerebral city this spring. To start, every March, Brain Awareness Week brings together institutions worldwide to celebrate the brain.

OncoLink Celebrates 20 Years!

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Creator Joel Goldwein, MD, Honored with “Visionary Award” at Anniversary Event Before there was Yahoo or Google, there was OncoLink—one of the first web sites to provide to cancer information, or really any information, on the internet. And it started right here at Penn Medicine. Today, 20 years later, it’s...

Forget the Groundhog, Penn Medicine Health Screenings Show Spring is on the Way

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PPMC volunteers with Bishop Grant of the Time for Healing Ministries The weather outside might still be pretty frightful, but Penn Medicine faculty and staff have already started holding their annual health screenings and community health fairs, and that’s a sure-fire sign that spring is on the way! This past...

Celebrating a Lifetime of Dual Career Success

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The five decades of research of Clara Franzini-Armstrong and Clay Armstrong, hers on electron microscopy of the inner workings of cells and his on ion channels in cell membranes, was recognized recently by their professional society -- the Society of General Physiologists – with a named lecture series.

"Nothing About Me, Without Me" - HUP's Patient/Advisory Council Leaders Help Clinicians Reframe Patient Encounters

The co-chair of HUP's Patient and Family Advisory Council recently opened the eyes of clinicians to a whole new way of looking at interactions with patients. Anita McGinn-Natali recounted her experience as a caregiver during the battle she described as "our cancer journey" during her husband Clark's successful battle with oral cancer.

MLK Day at Penn Medicine: Celebrating His Legacy—and Ways to Give Back

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Here at Penn Medicine, we are celebrating his birthday—and lifelong legacy—by serving our communities and patients with “Days of Caring” events over the next month as a way to give...

Science Fair Switcheroo: Third Graders Judge Neuroscience Projects at Penn

While many third graders are just starting to learn how to read charts and graphs, understand the solar system, and make sense of other basic science and math concepts, nearly 200 third-graders from Saint Frances Cabrini Regional School and Saint Francis DeSales, West Philadelphia Achievement Charter School, and Academy at...

A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine

Each autumn, the University of Pennsylvania showcases its myriad activities — scholarly and otherwise — in a photo project called A Day in the Life. One day a year, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., everybody at UPenn is invited to submit photographs of what they're up to at any...

Postdocs Building Community, and Experience

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Clearly, interest in career issues for postdocs is not new, but ways to expand the postdoc experience to ready for budding careers takes constant creativity and communication. To that end, the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, held its 12th annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium last week.

Out of the Exam Room, and Into the Classroom

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In an effort to continue raising the bar on our quality of care and help faculty to refine their leadership and development skills, Penn Medicine’s Center for Clinical Ethics Mediation is providing courses aimed at arming clinicians with the skills necessary to facilitate conflict resolution at the bedside. In the health care setting, “conflict” can arise when there are miscommunications over a patient’s medication regimen, differing opinions regarding a course of treatment, cultural differences, etc. The courses offered through the Center for Clinical Ethics Mediation take faculty and staff out of the exam room and into the classroom where, through a series of role-playing exercises, they are able to experience firsthand what it’s like walking in their patients’ shoes.

Do Patients Really Understand? The Push to Eliminate Health Illiteracy

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Inadequate health literacy is a significant concern in today’s health-care environment. Indeed, more than one-third of Americans don’t understand the basic medical information that’s needed to make informed health-care decisions. This knowledge gap can have serious repercussions: poor medication adherence, increased mortality, and increased hospital readmissions and trips to the...

Students Hit the Books and the Halls of the Hospital in Penn Medicine's Unique Career Prep Program for Students in West Philadelphia High Schools

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Gathering for a recent ceremony celebrating this year’s graduating class, Penn Medicine staff, family members, community partners, and friends quickly learned what makes the comprehensive Penn Medicine High School Pipeline program a success every year. That success is measured in each and every student entering the program. Indeed, 100 percent...

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse...

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

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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...

The Med Days of Summer

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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.

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