Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Emergency Medicine

Who Ya Gonna Call? MERT!

By Katie Delach | August 15, 2016 | Comments image from

Penn’s MERT Program Celebrates 10 Years of Students Helping Students Should you ever experience a medical emergency, college students on bikes might not be what you’d expect to see pulling up to your house. But, in University City, often times those students on bikes – who are actually highly trained... Read more

What SEPTA, the Pope, and Social Media Can Teach Us

By Robert Press | July 18, 2016 | Comments Septa

The first time I took the train from Trenton into Philadelphia for work here at Penn Medicine, I remember staring out the window, awestruck like a small child. The woods and suburbs of Pennsylvania flew by, and I thought to myself, Wow, there's no way this ever gets old. It... Read more

Medicine at 12,000 Feet: Wilderness Training Helps Save Hiker on Mount Whitney

By Johanna Harvey | July 13, 2016 | Comments image from

At 12,000 feet, the view from Mount Whitney, Calif., was not what recent Perelman School of Medicine graduate Kevin Gardner, MD, had expected. The snow-covered vista was as lovely as everyone had said it would be. But it was the sight of a hiker collapsed at the bottom of a...

Bombs, Bugs, and Bodies: A Curious Interview with Mary Roach

By Robert Press | June 20, 2016 | Comments Mary-Roach-(c)-Jen-Siska

Mary Roach | | Photo by Jen Siska Perhaps it’s because I don’t have any specific beat to cover, or perhaps it’s because I just get bored writing about one thing over and over, but going through my post history on this blog reveals a bit of a wandering... 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

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

Using Twitter to Tackle Cardiovascular Disease

By Anna Duerr | April 16, 2015 | Comments Twitter CV Health blog image

When you think of Twitter, a zillion things probably come to mind — breaking news, personal rants, life observations — but health research probably isn’t one of them. However, the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab is changing that, one tweet at a time… or rather, millions of tweets... Read more

The Timeless Power of Oxygen Therapy

By Anna Duerr | March 19, 2015 | Comments image from

It may look like something that belongs in a museum, but the hyperbaric chamber at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has a rich history and continues to provide important treatments for a variety of patients — including those with bone infections, wounds that won’t heal and carbon monoxide... 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

Removing Barriers to Breast Cancer Care

By Olivia Fermano | February 13, 2015 | Comments image from

I overheard a breast cancer patient once say: There is only one thing worse than having cancer – not being able to afford it. Sobering. Financial cost remains a barrier to cancer screenings - let alone cancer treatment - among lower income women. While multiple factors contribute to racial and... Read more

Expanding Emergency Care at Penn Medicine

By Anna Duerr | January 21, 2015 | Comments image from

As we look toward the opening of our new Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC) and the transition of our trauma center from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, throughout the month of January, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest news and... Read more

The Pavilion for Advanced Care: Renderings and Reality

By Robert Press | January 5, 2015 | Comments image from

As we look toward the opening of our new Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC) and the transition of our trauma center from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, throughout the month of January, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest news and... Read more

Penn Doctor Named Semifinalist in Philadelphia Magazine’s Health Hero Challenge

By Anna Duerr | September 29, 2014 | Comments IMG_6739

Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn, senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, has been named one of 16 semifinalists in Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Philly 2014 Health Hero Challenge! She... Read more

Taking a Look "Inside Penn Medicine"

By Sally Sapega | June 16, 2014 | Comments IPM-publications-blog-photo-new

Penn Medicine is a vibrant community of students and health-care professionals. Get a glimpse into what’s happening in this world of education, clinical care and research through our internal newsletters, located on the “Inside Penn Medicine” homepage and in print editions throughout UPHS. You can also subscribe to get news... Read more

Every Trinket Tells a Story: Penn Medicine Office Space

By Robert Press | June 10, 2014 | Comments image from

For some, an office is just another place to be during the day. For others, it's an expression of who they are, where they've been, or where they want to go. Penn Medicine Office Space highlights some of the latter, looking at various interesting offices from around the health system.... Read more

Penn Medicine at the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival

By Karen Kreeger | April 4, 2014 | Comments PSF 2011 Carnival Dry ice

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. Read more

Art Beat: Penn Medicine Researchers Launch Nationwide Contest to Spotlight Lifesaving AEDs

By Jessica Mikulski | February 10, 2014 | Comments image from

The inaugural design in Amtrak's 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. It’s a lifesaving device that you might walk by every day and not even... Read more

A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine

By Robert Press | December 16, 2013 | Comments

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...

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

By Robert Press | July 16, 2013 | Comments

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... Read more

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