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Penn State College of Medicine plans to flip medical education on its head and it will utilize the help of incoming students to do so.
Six to eight students will be selected to participate for a year in shaping a new curriculum at the College of Medicine’s regional campus in University Park. Students currently applying to the College can also apply to be considered to be design partners.
“We’re looking for people who have a creative mindset,” said Dr. Terry Wolpaw, vice dean for educational affairs. “We want student design partners who can embrace innovation, who are willing to think in fresh new ways about medical education, who will very much enjoy and want to partner side-by-side with faculty, and who are willing to be trailblazers with new techniques and new ideas.”
Design partners will work with faculty for a year to test the new curriculum to see what works, what doesn’t and what can be done better.
The student participants will receive a stipend during the year that they work as design partners and will receive scholarship aid starting in July 2017 when they begin medical school.
“We’re going to create a new curriculum for medical school and have these people actually experience it,” said Dr. Jeffrey Wong, associate dean for medical education at the regional campus. “They’re going to come back and tell us what works, tell us what doesn’t work, and hopefully provide suggestions and alternative for improving it.
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.
On Friday, March 21, fourth-year medical students across the country discovered where they will spend their residencies in an annual tradition known as Match Day. For more than 120 students at Penn State College of Medicine, their Match Day event included a countdown to the moment when they ripped open the envelopes that hold their futures – a moment marked by cheers, hugs and tears. In all, 100 percent of the college’s senior medical student residency applicants matched to one of the residency programs to which they had applied. Of the 133 graduates, 26 of them will remain at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for residency.
Several events focusing on veterans and military medicine will take place on the Penn State Hershey campus to celebrate Joining Forces Wellness Week, in partnership with the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).
The College of Medicine is part of the AAMC’s Joining Forces Initiative, which works to train future physicians to better understand, diagnose and treat the health care needs of veterans, service members and their families.
Second-year medical student Eric Jung is part of the AAMC’s Organization of Student Representatives, making military issues a priority on campus.
Working together with the Office of Diversity, Jung received a $500 grant from the AAMC to pay for events and activities celebrating veterans and educating the campus community on issues that veterans and active-duty military often face.
“We have a traditional medical school curriculum here, but there are topics that we don’t get a lot of exposure to, so this is a good way to include some of that,” he said. (more…)
Penn State Hershey used to be a place of grief for Meagan Horst.
It was the place she went to say goodbye to her father when he died of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 44. Fourteen years old, she was the oldest of four children, waiting her turn to go into his room and say her final goodbyes.
As she sat with her siblings, she saw a little boy walk by, clutching an IV pole. He seemed so happy, excited by the simplest of things. “I knew right then that I was going to be a doctor,” she said. “I knew I was going to grow up to take care of people like him. He was just so happy to be alive.”
After high school, Horst spent a summer between her sophomore and junior years of college in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, shadowing doctors and learning about the world of medicine. There, her experiences in the operating room convinced her she wanted to become an anesthesiologist. “I was always interested in the other side of the curtain, and it just felt right,” she said. “I love everything about it.”
The following summer she traveled to Peru, interpreting for a medical team that needed help with Spanish. “I’ve always been ambitious and had lots of goals,” she said.
March 16, 2012 marked another milestone for Penn State College of Medicine medical students. Reactions to opening their residency match envelopes are captured in this brief video from the ceremony held at the Hershey Country Club.
Congratulations to all!