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From the military to becoming a physician assistant

Editor’s Note: The Commencement Ceremony for the graduating Class of 2016 will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016. For more information on Commencement, visit this site. 

A little more than two years ago, Myra Galusha was looking for a physician assistant program that would be tough enough to balance out her lack of medical background.

At Penn State College of Medicine, the 32-year-old Michigan native found that and more: “That part was not a let-down,” she laughed.

Galusha is one of 144 medical students, 81 graduate students, and 30 physician assistants who will receive degrees this Sunday.

Myra Galusha

Myra Galusha

Galusha completed the military academy at West Point, majored in law, and then spent more than five years in the Army. After multiple deployments and time overseas, she eventually left the military. She and her husband, Colt – who is from the Gettysburg area – decided to move back to Pennsylvania when he got a job at Fort Indiantown Gap as an instructor pilot.

After leaving her work in military intelligence, Galusha’s sports background – and history of multiple sports injuries – drew her to the medical field. Being a new mother, she didn’t want to attempt medical school, so a physician assistant program seemed like a better fit. (more…)

May 12, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 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.

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March 4, 2016 at 9:26 am 20 comments

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

New technology center builds on promises of College groundbreaking 50 years ago

Penn State Hershey groundbreaking

Eric Walker, president of The Pennsylvania State University; Sam Hinkle, Hershey Trust Company; Captain R.W. Roland, Penn State Board of Trustees president; and Arthur Whiteman, Hershey Trust Company, break snow-covered ground to signal the start of the construction of the Penn State Hershey campus on Feb. 26, 1966.

We’re all walking around with at least six billion pieces of information in our personal genome that, as the field of personalized medicine grows, can provide valuable clues to future health. When paired with clinical data from the electronic medical record (EMR), physicians will be able to provide individualized, precision medical care. The potential implications for improved health and efficiency of health care delivery are huge. So too are the technology needs to support that future.

In the not too distant future, every patient seen by providers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Center will be offered genome analysis, something the organization’s founders could have never conceived of 50 years ago when the first shovel was plunged into the farm fields on Feb. 26, 1966, of what would become Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. The groundbreaking was a short three years after a $50 million gift offer from the M.S. Hershey Foundation to Penn State to establish a medical school and teaching hospital in Hershey.

“This is the most exciting time to be in medicine in terms of research capabilities and outcome for patients,” said Dr. James Broach, director of Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine. “The first genome sequence was generated in 2003 and that took 10 years and $3 billion. Now, in one day for about $1,000, we can do the same thing.”

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February 26, 2016 at 10:24 am 1 comment

Penn State Hershey Ghana team update, Feb. 25

Eileen Hennrikus

Dr. Eileen Hennrikus presents at a symposium in Ghana, bringing together representatives of Mountcrest University College, Penn State College of Medicine and Regional Hospital Koforidua.

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 has been an exciting two days here at Regional Hospital Koforidua as the inaugural symposium, a collaboration between Mountcrest University, Penn State College of Medicine and Regional Hospital Koforidua, was held. Presenters included representatives from all institutions and covered topics ranging from neonatal resuscitation, diabetes management and improving surgical outcomes for thyphoid fever to acid base abnormalities, management of club foot, and the sociocultural impact of diseases including HIV.

Our very own Kate Thompson, Med/Peds PGY4, Haley Spagnole, Peds PGY3, Dr. Eileen Hennrikus, Internal Medicine, and Dr. William Hennrikus, Peds Orthopedics, presented topics throughout the conference.

Overall the conference was a tremendous success and as medical students, soon to be interns, it was very educational and a wonderful demonstration of interdisciplinary and cultural collaboration.

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

February 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Hershey Ghana team update, Feb. 11

Dr. Mike Malone

Dr. Mike Malone gives a presentation in Ghana.

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.

It has been a very exciting week at Regional Hospital Koforidua! We have seen lots of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, typhoid fever and even a possible Schistosomiasis diagnosis, however, we are still awaiting confirmation. At the same time we have also seen great examples of cases that are more commonly seen in Hershey, PA including pneumonia, CHF, gastroenteritis, pelvic pain and motor vehicle accidents. Each patient presents with great learning opportunities, exam findings and lessons in practicing resourceful medical care.

On the wards, both Hershey residents and Koforidua house officers have been excellent teachers and role models as we enhance our clinical skills and further our differential diagnoses. Today we enjoyed two special presentations. The first was by Dr. Michael Malone who presented on Skin Conditions in Pregnancy. It was filled with great clinical pearls and treatment options for a wide variety of benign and pathologic rashes. This evening Dr. Kate Thompson presented on Nutritional Deficiencies and Dehydration. This was particularly relevant given that two children currently on the pediatric ward are diagnosed with Kwashiorkor.

We are only two weeks in, but we have certainly learned a great deal already and are very thankful for this opportunity. We are much looking forward to the next two weeks and the experiences ahead. Stay tuned as we join the surgery team next week.

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

February 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

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