Photos are now available on the Penn State Hershey flickr feed of the 45th Commencement of Penn State College of Medicine.
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
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:
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: http://bit.ly/1CDmtYi
Penn State College of Medicine recently signed an agreement with MountCrest University College (MCU) to assist the school in becoming the first private medical school in Ghana.
According to Samuel Akortey Akor, deputy rector and dean of MCU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, the collaboration allows the school to open its doors to medical students this year.
“It offers opportunity for both MountCrest and Penn State students to gain cross-cultural experiences in the practice of medicine through student exchange programs,” he said. “Partnerships like this are important to medical students because it instills understanding and confidence in the practice of medicine under different conditions and environments, keeping in mind the pursuit of excellence at all times.”
MCU’s long term goal is the transformation of medical education and medical practice by infusing humanistic care in the entire health services delivery system in Ghana.
According to Dr. Ben Fredrick (’00), director of the Global Health Center at the College of Medicine, MountCrest has an effective vision for healthcare in Ghana – that of the humanistic physician.
Penn State College of Medicine’s agreement with MountCrest University is not the school’s only initiative in Ghana. Its medical students are preparing for a series of interactive health lessons with middle school students in the country.
The students and staff at Lincoln Charter School in York are doing big things.
They are learning to eat healthy and grow their own food. They are learning the importance of getting up and moving. They are fostering relationships with the mayor, the local police and the community.
They are making the streets they travel safer while learning to be leaders.
Like many schools, they don’t always have the funding they need to do these big things. But Lincoln recently received grant money from the Pennsylvania Department of Health through Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center that has allowed them to do all of these things and more.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently provided funding through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support both a Safe Routes to School and Capacity Building for Increasing Physical Activity mini-grant program. These mini-grants were developed and managed by Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center and address the need for increasing physical activity programs in schools and communities. (more…)