Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Education

Filling the Diversity Pipeline, One Student at a Time

By Karen Kreeger | December 2, 2016 | Comments Pipeline

Minorities in biomedical education are growing, but draining away once they get farther along in their careers, according to a study covered this month by The Atlantic. Kenneth Gibbs Jr., an immunologist and science-policy expert at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, looked at the number of graduates and... Read more

Keeping the Faith: Med Students Explore Spirituality in Health Care

By Sally Sapega | November 18, 2016 | Comments Dominique and pauline jennett

Spiritual and religious beliefs not only play important roles in many people’s lives but, as research has shown, they also have an impact on physical and mental health. A new Certificate in Spirituality and Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will help up-and-coming doctors... Read more

Stop the Bleed

By Katie Delach | September 12, 2016 | Comments image from

Penn Medicine's Patrick K. Kim, MD, Trauma Program Director for the Penn Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care & Emergency Surgery, answers questions from a group of Philadelphia nurses on wound care and tourniquet application. While students were picking out their outfits and sharpening pencils, and teachers were preparing their... Read more

Leaving a Lifesaving Legacy: The Many Lessons Students Learn from Body Donors

By Johanna Harvey | September 9, 2016 | Comments Untitled-1

When Perelman School of Medicine student Vidya Viswanathan encountered her very first patient, the experience was different than what she had initially imagined. She wasn’t able to ask her patient about aches and pains or check her pulse because her patient was already deceased. But the patient still had a... Read more

A Champion of Professionalism and Humanism

By John Shea | August 24, 2016 | Comments 6a0168e81dfe9c970c01bb092ec72a970d

All things considered, it’s hard not to feel that Paul Lanken, MD, GME ’77, was the best possible choice to speak to this year’s incoming students of the Perelman School of Medicine. As Gail Morrison, MD, GME ’79, the senior vice dean for Education, put it at this month’s White... Read more

Bowling, Barbecue, and Instagram: Welcoming New Med Students to Penn

By Johanna Harvey | August 17, 2016 | Comments image from

Bowling, barbecue, and social media posts are not what most people associate with the start of medical school. But for the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania’s incoming class, last week’s orientation activities are just a taste of the unique and diverse experiences they will have... Read more

Of Mice and Muscles

By Karen Kreeger | August 10, 2016 | Comments Mouse

Penn has a long history of muscle research, much of which is relevant to Olympic-level athletes and their abilities. As the Rio Olympic Games approach, many armchair spectators of the Games may be wondering: How do those athletes endure their grueling runs, swims, and rides? And, on the flip side... Read more

Students Are Her Business

By John Shea | July 25, 2016 | Comments Match

Barbara Wagner and Dr. Jon Morris at Match Day. Dean J. Larry Jameson observes. Imagine almost any official function that involves Penn’s medical students -- for example, the White Coat Ceremony, Match Day, or Graduation -- and the odds are excellent that Barbara Wagner would be there. Not as the... Read more

Precision Medicine Takes Center Stage at Penn

By John Shea | June 27, 2016 | Comments image from

What once was called “personalized medicine” at Penn used to be practiced primarily by individuals or small groups of researchers and clinicians drawn to its possibilities. But as the cover story in the Summer 2016 issue of Penn Medicine demonstrates, the ability to harness vast amounts of information and apply... Read more

Tiny Transparent Zebrafish Making a Big Splash in Philly Classrooms

By Karen Kreeger | June 15, 2016 | Comments BioEyes Solis Cohen 1 2016

When Jamie Shuda embarked on a teaching career almost 15 years ago, she and a local scientist created a public school science program for kids living in Philadelphia, Baltimore and other under-resourced areas, using live, see-through fish. No one had used animals in the classroom like this before. Now, in... Read more

Penn Medicine Residents Sharpen Skills during Medical Jeopardy 2016

By Johanna Harvey | June 6, 2016 | Comments B037e89a-adf7-430b-beae-7c94bade988f

A: This team stormed the competition to make it to the Medical Jeopardy 2016 finals. Q: Who is Penn’s department of Medicine? For the first time ever, Penn’s department of Medicine resident Medical Jeopardy team tied for second place in the nation in the American College of Physicians (ACP) Doctor’s... Read more

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

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