Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Education

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

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

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