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Dr. Graham Jeffries marks 45 years of service to Penn State College of Medicine

When Dr. Graham Jeffries came to Hershey in July 1969 as one of the first academic faculty members, there was no hospital, only part of the signature Crescent building had been built and the three classes of medical students had to be taught in Harrisburg.

Jeffries, who became Penn State College of Medicine’s founding chair of the Department of Medicine, had not been particularly interested in leaving his job on the Cornell faculty at New York Hospital, but a visit to the new campus and meeting with George Harrell, the College of Medicine’s first dean, changed his mind.

“George had vision, and I realized that it would be exciting to start from the ground up,” he said. The medical school had students, but no faculty. When the hospital was built, it had an emergency room, but no house staff: “We all took turns being on call at night.”

They quickly recruited faculty to develop research programs. The hospital opened its doors to patients, and that generated money to support the faculty.

“Things developed slowly, but it was an exciting time,” he said.


November 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm 3 comments

2015 Graduate Student Oath Ceremony held on Friday

Incoming graduate students pursuing M.P.H., M.S., or Ph.D. degrees participated in the Graduate Student Oath Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 21 in the University Conference Center.

During this ceremony, first-year graduate students took an oath to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism and scholarship throughout their academic careers. This year’s keynote address was given by Sarah Bronson, Ph.D., director, Research Development, and director, Graduate Core Curriculum.

Students recite the Graduate Oath

Click here to see photos from the ceremony.

Symbolic of their initiation into the community of biomedical scientists, first-year Ph.D. students received white lab coats, and master’s students received a gift.

Prompted by an article in Science magazine, a group of College of Medicine graduate students spent a year developing an oath that reflected Penn State values. This is the seventh year for the Graduate Student Oath Ceremony.

See a photo album from the ceremony. 

August 24, 2015 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Four heroes make the day ‘super’ for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital patients

Alexia Heilman has long admired Spiderman. The 11-year-old loves the thought of a superhero who can shoot webs. Ahzhanae Kirkland, 7, puts Superman atop her list.

Super heroes visit Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

Click here for a photo album of the adventure.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, both girls were among several children at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital who got to see four popular superheroes descend from the top of the building. Some gathered on the hospital’s front lawn while others got a close-up view of the caped crusaders from the inside through the third- and fourth-floor windows.

Kate Denlinger, certified child life specialist helps patient Kaitlyn Teeter, 5, decorate her anesthesia mask with stickers prior to a procedure she regularly receives at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. "Instead of coping with a bad diagnosis, she just has to cope with the routine of coming in so that she can continue being healthy," Kate says.

READ MORE: A Day in Child Life.

“They’ve got to wake up each day and fight for their lives,” said Captain America, also known as Michael DeJesus. “Today’s a day they forget about being in the hospital. It’s a small party just for them.”

This marked the third annual appearance at the children’s hospital by Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and Superman.

By day, these superheroes work as window washers for Northeaster
n Building Maintenance of Harrisburg. But once a year, they take time to don costumes and rappel down the side of a building to brighten the day for some young fans. The visit is coordinated by Penn State Hershey’s Child Life Program and Facilities Department.

Comics created by fourth-year medical students.

READ MORE: Comics and Medicine: Helping Med Students Form Their Professional Identities.

Kane Wolf, 8, was most excited to see Batman. “He has a cool weapon and a cool car, the Batmobile,” he said. If he could have one superpower, Kane said he would choose “superstrength” so he could put the “bad guys” in their place.

Our last post: From patient to resident: Lindsay Requa’s Penn State Hershey experience shapes career.


August 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm 3 comments

45th Commencement photos

Photos are now available on the Penn State Hershey flickr feed of the 45th Commencement of Penn State College of Medicine.


May 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Penn State College of Medicine 45th Commencement held today

Penn State College of Medicine held its 45th commencement ceremony today at Founders Hall on the Milton Hershey School campus. This year, 129 medical students and 76 graduate students received degrees.

Remarks were delivered by Elizabeth Atnip, medical student class representative and daughter of Dr. Robert Atnip, a Penn State Hershey physician and faculty member; and  Shane A.J. Lloyd, graduate student representative.

Dr. Bradford C. Berk, senior vice president for Health Sciences at the University of Rochester and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), was the guest speaker. Berk was recruited to URMC in 1998 as chief of the Cardiology Division. He founded URMC’s Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute. Berk then served as chairman of medicine until 2006, when he became CEO.

Penn State Medicine will post photos from commencement next week.

The program book is available here: Commencement 2015

May 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Match Day 2015 (Video)

Last week, Penn State Medicine connected with three College of Medicine students to discuss Match Day, the day graduating medical students learn what residency programs they will attend. In this video, Carina Brown, Timothy Brown, and Jon-Ryan Burris talk about Match Day, their time at Penn State Hershey and say where they have matched to:

March 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Hershey, PinnacleHealth receive board approval for new enterprise

The Penn State Board of Trustees approved a proposal to bring the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System together to form a new health enterprise under the umbrella of Penn State Health. The PinnacleHealth System Board of Directors voted earlier in the week to also approve the plan.

The proposal still requires approval from the state Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Penn State and PinnacleHealth expect to file the required paperwork within the next few weeks. Both health systems will continue to operate independently and as normal until necessary approvals to join as members of the new enterprise are obtained.

The approval of the plan by the Board of Trustees is the latest step in formal discussions to expand collaboration between the two health systems, which began in November 2013. In June 2014, Penn State, Penn State Hershey and PinnacleHealth signed a letter of intent to bring the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, PinnacleHealth and their joint venture, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, together into a new health enterprise.

“This new health enterprise is a win for our patients, students, researchers and central Pennsylvania communities because we can offer our academic expertise and advanced care to a broader patient population,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, chief executive officer of the Medical Center, and Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs. “PinnacleHealth and Penn State Hershey see this new health care enterprise through the same lens – that our longstanding individual commitments to quality and safety, combined into one health system, would give us the scale we need to continue to improve outcomes and reverse the trend of growing health care costs.”

Read more at Penn State Hershey Newsroom:

March 23, 2015 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

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