Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Education

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 http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14123019/a856073e-d405-4251-bcd9-8107f9aab263.png

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

Using Collaboration and Innovation to Counteract Flat Federal Research Funding

By Karen Kreeger | December 18, 2014 | Comments Light bulb by shuttermonkey via Flickr

With such astounding shortfalls in funding for biomedical research, Penn Medicine, a key stakeholder of the new Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), is looking for fresh ways to fund research and partner with the private sector. The PCI consolidates and unifies the enterprise previously known as the Penn Center for Technology Transfer with other campus entities charged with commercializing Penn research and Development into license agreements, sponsored research agreements, startup companies and other collaborative relationships. Read more

The Trend: More than a Twitter Sidebar

By Robert Press | December 5, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14120517/ef8774b6-3264-4137-8771-02f4522ceb1c.png

I've always found one of the most fascinating aspects of social media to be its Hemingway-like quest to pack as much information into as small a space as possible. What started with Xanga and LiveJournal — two of the many longform blogging platforms us angsty teenagers of the early 2000s... Read more

Cell-adelphia?

By Karen Kreeger | December 4, 2014 | Comments ASCB Larger Than Life Gallery hall between Terminals E-F installation view

A preview of Penn Medicine cell biologists’ activities -- from art to advocacy to abstracts -- at the 2014 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this week. Read more

An Approach to Enhancing Health Care Quality

By John Shea | December 4, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14120415/33c30cda-230a-4589-ab84-de708bdc9e1c.png

In the last decade, quality improvement and patient safety have risen very high among the priorities facing caregivers in the United States – and at Penn Medicine itself. The problem, as articulated in a recent article in Academic Medicine, is that even after national reports have noted the critical need... Read more

What IS a day in the life at Penn Medicine?

By Robert Press | October 20, 2014 | Comments

So tomorrow is the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Day in the Life project, and we’re pretty excited. I’ve taken photos for two previous Day in the Life projects during my time here at Penn Medicine (you can find those here and here), and both times I’ve been amazed at the... Read more

First City of American Medicine

By John Shea | September 26, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14092912/6c56fd3d-a799-4a1b-b4a5-2e7507cfcef8.png

Fifty years ago this month, The Philadelphia Bulletin devoted almost its entire Sunday issue to a look at Philadelphia’s place in the history of medicine. The cover featured a Penn doctor who was already an iconic figure -- I. S. Ravdin, former chair of Surgery. When the issue appeared, Ravdin... Read more

Catching up with Edna Foa: From OCD to Her Latest Degree

By Lee-Ann Donegan | September 12, 2014 | Comments GEO_2561

Last month, Edna Foa, world renowned for being the creator of prolonged exposure therapy, a treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whereby patients revisit the traumatic event in order to help them heal, received her second honorary doctorate degree for her work in psychiatry—a career that spans four decades.... Read more

Icing on the Cake: Nation's Oldest Medical School Kicks Off Its 250th Birthday Year

By Steve Graff | September 9, 2014 | Comments

The Perelman School of Medicine kicked off its 250th birthday year with a cake-cutting celebration hosted by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, PhD, and J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, along with... Read more

A Visionary Dean, 44 Years Before Health Care Reform

By John Shea | September 3, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14090320/c9c7f241-b235-4975-ba4d-1443c9bda5aa.png

Alfred A. Gellhorn, MD Compare these two quotations. First: “Medical want in the midst of medical riches is an unconscionable inequity, and it could be socially explosive. Good medical care for some of the people some of the time is no longer acceptable; competent medical care for all of the... Read more

The Role of Culture in Health

By Sally Sapega | August 28, 2014 | Comments Spirit_catches_you2

Each year, the University of Pennsylvania sponsors a series of events throughout its campus focusing on a central theme chosen by faculty, staff and students. The focal point of the 2014-2015 academic year is Health. The Year of Health was chosen, in part, because of the national focus on health-care... Read more

A Picture Really is Worth 1000 Words

By Karen Kreeger | August 1, 2014 | Comments Talamas winning image 2014

The winners of the Penn Medicine 2014 “Art in Science" can certainly make pretty pictures with fancy microscopes, but there is also a rich story of scientific inquiry behind each. Read more

Eye in the Sky Capturing Construction of New Medical Education Center

By Steve Graff | June 18, 2014 | Comments Blog post photo 1

Every day around here is different—but last Wednesday took it to new heights. A few colleagues and I ended up on top of the Penn Tower garage counting down a liftoff. “Four, three, two, one.” And with that, a mini helicopter (well, technically a hexacopter) took to the skies, right... Read more

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