Match Day 2016 video and photos

Fourth-year medical students across the country discovered where they will spend their residencies in an annual tradition known as Match Day. For 136 students at Penn State College of Medicine, their Match Day event at the Hershey Country Club on Friday, March 18 included a countdown to the moment when they ripped open the envelopes that held their futures. Seconds later, the room erupted in cheers, hugs and tears.

The event is the culmination of a process that began months ago as students visited and evaluated residency programs – and the programs evaluated them. Each student learned today whether he or she was successfully ‘matched’ with the residency program of their choice.

Fifty-one of the graduates accepted residency appointments in primary care fields such as family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine, while the rest will focus on other specialties.

Click on the image to see a photo album of Match Day:
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March 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Penn State collaboration to bring malaria power bar to children in need

There’s an awful calculus that takes place in malaria stricken regions of the world.

Due to malnutrition, children in these areas often suffer from iron deficiency anemia, which can lead to serious cognitive and motor impairments. While iron supplementation may sound like an obvious solution, there’s been a big problem with it.

Studies in mice and humans suggest that iron promotes malarial infection, likely by increasing the number of red blood cells—the target for the Plasmodium parasites that cause the disease.

More blood cells mean more infection, which means more inflammation. When the disease spreads to the brain in cerebral malaria, this inflammation causes neurological and cognitive damage in survivors.

This conundrum has left health experts at odds with each other about whether children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions of the world where malaria is prevalent should get iron supplementation. More than 70 percent of malaria deaths occur in children under age 5. This year alone, according to the World Health Organization, the disease has killed more than 300,000 African children in this age group.


March 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Medical school leaders convene in Hershey to discuss innovation

The future of medical education was the focus of discussion at a conference in Hershey this week. In conjunction with the American Medical Association, Penn State College of Medicine convened the 32 medical school members of the AMA’s newly expanded Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

The AMA launched its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative in 2013 to bridge the gaps that exist between how medical students are trained and how health care is delivered. The AMA has since awarded $12.5 million in grants to 32 of the nation’s leading medical schools to develop innovative curricula that can ultimately be implemented in medical schools across the country. (more…)

March 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Remembering Robert Bonneau

Robert Bonneau

Robert Bonneau (file photo)

Robert Bonneau had a passion for Penn State College of Medicine and its students. Through his 25 year career with Penn State, he served in a number of roles that advanced both the education and research missions, and endeared himself to hundreds of medical and graduate students.

Bonneau died on Thursday, March 3 after an illness.


March 4, 2016 at 9:26 am 20 comments

Student-run free clinic to open at Tyrone this Saturday

Amidst clinical rotations and long days of studying, third-year Penn State College of Medicine students at the University Park Regional Campus will soon be putting their education into practice in a new setting.  They have spent the last several months preparing for LionCare Tyrone, a student-run free clinic, which opens its doors to the public this Saturday, March 5.

“This is reminding me why I went to medical school in the first place – to help people who really need medical care,” said Clay Cooper, who is co-director of the student-run clinic that will offer free medical services with no insurance required. “There’s definitely a need for this type of service in Tyrone, and it’s an exciting opportunity to help start this from the ground up.”


March 3, 2016 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Recollections of an alumnus

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.

Dr. Owen Ellington

Dr. Owen Ellington

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.


February 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Hershey Ghana team update, Feb. 26

Reena Thomas, Elizabeth Wallace, Corinne Landis, and Kate Belser.

Reena Thomas, Elizabeth Wallace, Corinne Landis and Kate Belser.

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 trip is made possible partially thanks to a partnership with Mountcrest University College, which has helped with medical logistics and travel in the country. The team is sending periodic updates while there.

It’s our last day here at Regional Hospital Koforidua and we are certainly sad to say goodbye. Reflecting back on the past four weeks, we have been a part of a wonderful start to a beautiful collaboration between Mountcrest University College, Penn State College of Medicine and Regional Hospital Koforidua. It has been a very impressive month filled with interesting cases including marasmus, malaria and meningitis. Even more impressive, however, is the wonderful staff with whom we have been able to work alongside and form lasting relationships with. An inspiring group of dedicated, hard working, and resourceful medical providers.

We enjoyed our time with the patients and staff of the Regional Hospital Koforidua and are incredibly grateful for this opportunity. With much appreciation we say, ‘Me da ase pa!’ – thank you so very much for welcoming us and letting us join your team and learn from your practice. We could not have asked for a better experience.


Written by Reena Thomas, Elizabeth Wallace, Corinne Landis, and Kate Belser. 

February 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

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