Posts tagged ‘career’

Finding a match in Hershey

On a day when more than 140 fourth-year medical students learned where they will be going for their residencies, Jennifer Kissane was thrilled to find out that she’ll be staying put.

As she tore open her Match Day envelope, Kissane discovered she will spend her radiology residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

“Radiology is very exciting to me and it’s great that I’ll have the opportunity to learn it in Hershey where I know I’ll get a great education,” Kissane says.

Kissane is far from alone. Sixteen percent of this year’s 153 Penn State College of Medicine graduates will remain in Hershey for residencies. In all, 38 percent of the class was matched with residency programs in Pennsylvania, and more than three-quarters are headed for university programs.

Her education is not the only demand on Kissane’s time. She and her husband Brendan moved to Hershey from New Jersey in 2004 and are raising two daughters, including one who was born while Kissane was in medical school. The kicker: they’re expecting their third child – a son – this summer.

Family life played a key role in Kissane’s preference to stay in Hershey. “This region fits the lifestyle that my husband and I want for our family,” she says. “We’ve grown to appreciate Hershey and the surrounding area.”

Kissane says she has been able to juggle it all by setting – and sticking to – priorities. Her advice for other students who find themselves with a similar balancing act: “Make sure your family is at the top because when all is said and done, they’re the ones who get you through it.” (more…)

March 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm 1 comment

Is a science career in my future?

A five-year federal grant awarded to Penn State College of Medicine’s biochemistry and molecular biology department aims to ignite high schoolers’ passion for science by giving them hands-on research experience in biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, DNA and genetics in College of Medicine labs.

Middletown ninth grader Joseph Owens isn’t sure animal dissection is his thing. At 15, the hockey player who works at the Giant supermarket in Middletown was already interested in microbiology when he decided to write an entrance essay for a new summer research program after attending a presentation at school. While Owens’ true interest remains astronomy, he still gets excited about the summer program, which also earns him and the other students an elective credit at school.

“This really gave me a 180 on what I wanted to do,” Owens said. (more…)

July 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm 1 comment


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