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Why do many gastric bypass surgery patients develop alcohol and substance abuse problems? Do rare genetic variants influence antisocial drug dependence? Can a phone app reduce heavy drinking in college students? How can researchers provoke intense cravings during brain scans to help understand them better? Can we use such information to predict who is vulnerable to relapse and who is resilient?
These are just a few of the questions addiction researchers in the lab and in the clinic face today. And each of these topics will be in the spotlight on April 4, during the Second Annual Penn State Addiction Symposium. The meeting will bring together faculty, staff and students from across the university’s campuses to advance an understanding of the disease and explore new ways to treat it. (more…)
Editor’s Note: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Penn State College of Medicine groundbreaking. The first class of students entered the College’s doors in 1967. Dr. Owen B. Ellington is a member of the fourth graduating class. Late last year, he gave a speech at the annual alumni dinner that discussed his memories of campus at that time.
When Dr. Owen B. Ellington entered Penn State College of Medicine in 1970 as a member of the fourth graduating class, the College as it is known today was still being built.
The main Crescent building was a work in progress, with only the medical school wing completed. Otherwise on campus, only the student housing, animal lab and research facility were complete.
Ellington returned to the College to share reflections on his experience at the annual alumni dinner late last year.
He provided many relatable snapshots of the early years of the campus.
Four Diamonds support brings new pediatric cancer researchers to Penn State College of Medicine
Editor’s Note: Penn State’s THON Weekend is Feb. 19-21. Students will dance for 46-hours to support pediatric cancer patients. To date, $127 million has been raised and donated to Four Diamonds, a foundation that supports the families of pediatric patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, and the cancer research done here. For more information on THON, or to watch the activities live, visit THON.org. For more information on Four Diamonds, visit FourDiamonds.org.
Their journeys started halfway around the world, but their shared passion for uncovering the causes of pediatric cancer brought them to Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Wei Li is originally from Peking, China, and Dr. Vladimir Spiegelman is originally from Moscow. Now both are in Hershey, through funding from Four Diamonds, working to understand how pediatric cancers develop in the hopes of discovering new lifesaving therapies.
Dr. Li, assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, came from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Spiegelman, Pan Hellenic Dance Marathon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Oncology and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was most recently at University of Wisconsin.
Editor’s note: Penn State Hershey clinical participants (senior medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students and faculty) are currently in rural Ghana to support and provide training for Ghanaian clinicians at the Eastern Regional Hospital. The team is sending periodic updates while there. Today, Reena Thomas, a Class of 2016 medical student, gives the update.
Elizabeth and I finished up in pediatrics last week, but also did a few shifts in the emergency department with Jeff, Angela and Dr. Malone. We’ve been a seeing so much. There have been many cases of tuberculosis, meningitis, malnutrition, strokes, cerebral abscesses, HIV etc. In fact, Kofiridua has the highest rate of HIV in Ghana.
A lot of the things we see here have also been infectious in nature, or people don’t present to the doctors till their conditions have progressed. It’s been eye opening to say the least, and we’ve been learning a lot. It’s also been great having Dr. Malone here, and getting his perspective on everything.
On Saturday we decided to make a day trip to Kakum National park where we walked the canopy in the jungles, and then visited a castle in Cape Coast.
Haley, Krishna, Kate and Christine arrived on Sunday. We’re excited to work with them over the next few weeks.
Editor’s note: Penn State Hershey clinical participants (senior medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students and faculty) are currently in rural Ghana to support and provide training for Ghanaian clinicians at the Eastern Regional Hospital. The team is sending periodic updates while there. Today, Jeffrey Reed, a nurse practitioner student, tells about a variety of experiences.
Day 4 in Ghana continued with great learning experiences. Two of us have been welcomed into the home of Emmanuel and Lily Boateng. We have enjoyed learning the Ghanaian Culture and look forward to this Friday afternoon when they will be treating the entire Penn State team to a traditional meal of Fufu and peanut butter soup.
Day two in the Regional Hospital of Koforidua was full of many exciting experiences. Kate and Corinne are currently rotating in obstetrics and gynecology. Today Kate was the first assist for a C-section delivery, and both will be returning to the hospital this evening for more deliveries. Elizabeth and Reena have been very busy as the Outpatient Pediatric Department sees nearly 400 children per day.
Angela and I have been assigned to the Casualty Ward (emergency department) where we are working with Dr. Francis. We are seeing many disease processes that are rarely found in the United States, and learning the treatment plans has been exciting. We have treated multiple patients with tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia, malaria, CVA, TIA and many more illnesses. Today Angela performed her first thoracentesis under the direction of Dr. Malone and Dr. Francis.
We are looking forward to many more experiences throughout the next four weeks.
- Jeffrey Reed
Editor’s note: Penn State Hershey clinical participants (senior medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students and faculty) are currently in rural Ghana to support and provide training for Ghanaian clinicians at the Eastern Regional Hospital. The team is sending periodic updates while there. Today, Elizabeth Wallace, a medical student senior, explains what the first day of work was like.
Greetings from Koforidua!
Today was our third day here in Ghana and we are loving it! We are all settled comfortably into our hostel and are embracing the friendly and very welcoming culture of Eastern Ghana. We are also loving the warm weather and can’t say we are really missing Hershey’s winter too much!
Today was our first day of work on the wards. We have been assigned in pairs to various wards for each of the weeks that we are here. We will rotate through OB/GYN, pediatrics, surgery and emergency/internal medicine. We are hoping to also do a day in the dental clinic and we may spend a couple of days with the nurses and phlebotomists. Today went very well! We got to see lots of things that you wouldn’t see very often in the United States. For example: malaria, HIV, cerebral abscess, pulmonary and extra pulmonary TB, and two cases of meningitis (there is an outbreak of meningitis here in Ghana). We are learning so much already and can’t wait to see what the next four weeks will bring.
We have been invited to attend several events this weekend so we will be traveling this coming weekend. Plans are still in the works, but we will update our blog with all the exciting details soon.
- Elizabeth Wallace
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is only the second institution in the nation to use a new robotic surgical device just approved by the FDA in October for head and neck surgery.
Dr. David Goldenberg, professor and chief of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, will be the second U.S. surgeon to perform an operation using the Flex Robotic System, which makes it possible to easily access locations in the body that were previously difficult or impossible to reach using minimally invasive techniques. (more…)