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August 12, 1994 | By Meiyue Zhou, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some of the most frustrating and, perhaps, the most rewarding experiences that Philadelphia-area medical students face aren't inside classrooms. On the streets, real-life lessons are supplementing physiology lectures for students in a seven-week summer program - Bridging the Gaps: The Philadelphia Community Health Internship Program (PCHIP). Kiame Mahaniah, a first-year student at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, found it "emotionally challenging" to work as a summer intern for the homeless with the Gateway Center, Ninth and Hamilton Streets.
NEWS
May 3, 2010 | By Paul Jablow FOR THE INQUIRER
Christina Pasick has a special memory of the Christmas concert in the dementia unit. The patients at the LIFE day-care center in West Philadelphia were staring silently when she and other members of the Penn Med UltraSounds a cappella group started to sing. But gradually as the medical students raised their voices on such tunes as "Silent Night," they drew out decades-old memories, and the patients started singing, too. "They were the first words they had spoken in months," said Pasick, 22, a first-year University of Pennsylvania medical student from Wall Township, N.J. "The nurses were crying.
NEWS
October 16, 1993 | By Fawn Vrazo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state of America's health-care system is grim, and a new emphasis on preventive care is needed to turn it around, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders said yesterday in Philadelphia. Elders was applauded by hundreds of students attending a regional meeting of the American Medical Student Association. Although her message to the medical students was upbeat, Elders talked mainly about the terrible health problems that beset Americans, particularly children. She said that: Infant mortality is down, but the United States still has a rate worse than that of 21 other countries.
NEWS
March 28, 1994
An interesting factoid entered the health-care debate this past week. It was this: Though cost-cutting is all the rage, the great majority of fourth-year medical students are still headed for careers as high-priced specialists, which in turn drives up the cost of medical care. It also means there's a shortage of primary-care physicians - or so-called generalists. Nowadays, a third of U. S. doctors are generalists; Congress is looking at ways to get the number up to half. So, what would change the students' minds, and nudge them back to the front lines of medicine, the better to dispense ounces of prevention rather than pounds of cure?
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it's one of the foundations of the doctor-patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients' shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction. "When I was in med school, no one told me how to do that," said Dennis Novack, professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. "You could watch your mentors, if you were lucky. Or make mistakes. " Numerous studies have shown patients with empathetic caregivers are more likely to stick to their doctor's treatment plan, leading to better health results.
NEWS
September 14, 2001 | By James M. O'Neill, Marie McCullough and Zlati Meyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Penn medical students helped drag bodies out of the rubble. A Souderton company offered a tractor for demolition work. A North Philadelphia woman plunked $200 into a collection basket for disaster relief. And when volunteering was not an option, people found ways to show their solidarity - such as the Bucknell University students who wore blue ribbons. When Americans saw the searing images of destruction from hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Tuesday, they felt a need to do something, anything.
NEWS
February 19, 1995 | By Susan FitzGerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mary Pittinger can still see the hospital room on the day two years ago when her daughter Emily was diagnosed with diabetes. "I have this very clear image in my mind of this whole group of people in white coats coming in and talking to me about glucose levels and insulin and ketones," she said. But Pittinger's thoughts were focused at that point on something other than the medical details of her 8-year-old daughter's diabetes. "I was thinking in terms of birthday parties and sleepovers and having babies - what her everyday life would be like," she said.
NEWS
April 29, 2002 | By Faye Flam INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Glance at the two snapshots of a hospital patient as if you were a doctor entering the room. They seem similar. Now look at the 15th-century work, The Arnolfini Portrait, by Dutch master Jan van Eyck: a solemn man and woman touching hands. Zoom in on the painting's details. Notice the little dog? OK, zoom out. And in again. See the shoes? The still life? The reflection in the mirror? Go back to the two photographs in a hospital. Did you notice the differences between them?
NEWS
January 24, 1999 | By Sudarsan Raghavan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They were the best of friends, the kind who lived together, knew each other's family and shared the same goal of becoming doctors after finishing medical school in Philadelphia. So it wasn't strange last Monday evening, hours before their flight from Phoenix to Philadelphia, that Damean Freas, 25, and John Kearney, 23, decided to visit picturesque Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Ariz., 100 miles north of Phoenix, to do a little sightseeing. But as darkness fell, they lost their way on a hiking trail, slipped and plunged from a 70-foot-high cliff into a ravine, landing 20 feet from each other, police said.
NEWS
July 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the high schoolers last week could diagnose their patient, who had come in with liver issues, they had to figure out how the liver works. There were the hepatic veins and the hepatic artery - but how were they related? Could the connections among the blood vessels shed light on this man's condition? In one room at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, eight high school juniors and seniors in the medical school's inaugural MEDacademy high school summer program searched for answers on their phones, tablets, and laptops.
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NEWS
July 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the high schoolers last week could diagnose their patient, who had come in with liver issues, they had to figure out how the liver works. There were the hepatic veins and the hepatic artery - but how were they related? Could the connections among the blood vessels shed light on this man's condition? In one room at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, eight high school juniors and seniors in the medical school's inaugural MEDacademy high school summer program searched for answers on their phones, tablets, and laptops.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it's one of the foundations of the doctor-patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients' shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction. "When I was in med school, no one told me how to do that," said Dennis Novack, professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. "You could watch your mentors, if you were lucky. Or make mistakes. " Numerous studies have shown patients with empathetic caregivers are more likely to stick to their doctor's treatment plan, leading to better health results.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quick! When a person is deprived of oxygen, which part of the brain is damaged first? When Michael Natter learned the answer - the hippocampus, among other key regions - he promptly drew a cartoon of a dopey hippopotamus hooked to an oxygen tank. Artist's sketchbook in hand, Natter, 29, is drawing his way through medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. He says his art helps him remember and digest the torrent of information. "I study by drawing my notes," says the native New Yorker, who just wrapped up his second year.
NEWS
February 17, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Halfway through his studies at Camden's Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Jonathan Kanen is leaving, flying 3,500 miles away. Kanen has been named one of 40 U.S. recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships program. An additional 55 students from outside the country each year receive grants to study at the University of Cambridge in any field. As Rowan University's first Gates Cambridge scholar, Kanen, 27, will wrap up his second year of medical school before taking off for three years to study for a Ph.D.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis H. Sterling, 80, of Havertown, a respected endocrinologist, brilliant lecturer, and passionate operagoer, died Sunday, Jan. 18, at Lankenau Hospital of a tear in the aortic artery. An Atlantic City native, Dr. Sterling graduated from West Catholic High School for Boys, La Salle College, and Jefferson Medical College. He served in the Army Medical Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of major. He served an internship at Misericordia Hospital before joining the staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital, and was part of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the doctors-to-be from Camden wore their white coats outside this month for the first time, a young man pulled his car over and shouted a question: Why are you guys wearing those doctors' costumes? Samantha and Susana Collazo recognized a former classmate from Brimm Medical Arts High School in the Whitman Park section of the city. "Oh, we're medical students," replied the Collazos, twins from Cramer Hill who this fall became the first Camden residents to attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
S HIV GAGLANI, 25, of Southwest Center City, and Ryan Haynes, 29, of Charlottesville, Va., are CEO and chief technology officer, respectively, of Osmosis, which they co-founded. The startup has a mobile app and Web platform to help medical students better retain what they learn. I spoke to Gaglani. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Osmosis? A: Ryan and I met as med students at Johns Hopkins and realized how inefficient learning and forgetting cycles for medical education were.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MARY Anderson doesn't know where her son is. She knows that his skin and bones were buried at Northwood Cemetery. But Vance Anderson's brain, eyes and other internal organs never made it to his West Oak Lane grave site. The 51-year-old painter, who died in 2012 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from a lung condition, was allegedly a hollowed-out shell by the time he was lowered into the ground - stripped for parts like a junkyard Chevy. Vance Anderson's insides were, in the words of a Jefferson doctor, "donated for education.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Medical education is in a crisis. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, half of 4,287 students surveyed at seven medical schools experienced burnout and 10 percent expressed suicidal ideation. And doctors aren't much better off; a second study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 7,288 physicians showed that almost half had experienced some symptom of burnout. The public image of doctors hasn't fared well, either. While the popular notion of doctors was once the wise and avuncular Marcus Welby, M.D., more recent portrayals tend toward Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but annoying know-it-all with a decided God complex.
SPORTS
May 14, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LAURENT Duvernay-Tardif almost didn't get to hear his name announced on ESPN when he was selected in the sixth round by the Chiefs. The reason? He was helping deliver twins via C-section. Duvernay-Tardif, you see, is a medical student at McGill University in Montreal, which has had just one other player drafted by the NFL - Randy Chevrier, a long snapper taken by the Jaguars in 2001. "I think when you play football, you have to play 100 percent," Duvernay-Tardif, a tackle, told the Associated Press.
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