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  • White Coat

    The Journey to Medicine: A Conversation with Two Incoming Medical Students

    August 08, 2018

    This Friday afternoon, a new class of medical students at the Perelman School of Medicine will formally begin their journey toward becoming physicians at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

  • Compass

    The Academic Sabbatical: Not Just Time Off

    July 31, 2018

    For one Penn Medicine researcher who has changed heart health for millions worldwide by explaining the benefits of low-dose aspirin and has taken on Big Pharma by exposing the dangers of certain anti-inflammatory medications, a sabbatical is a source of renewal. 

  • Rblog

    How Penn Medicine Data Scientists are Improving Care by Learning How to Learn

    July 11, 2018

    By taking a look at Palliative Connect, a project the team highlights as a particularly well designed one, we can peek into the principles that are filling the pages of that playbook—principles that can help practitioners across the health care landscape who will increasingly have the chance to use machine learning and other sophisticated digital tools to improve health care.

  • Tales from the ward

    Tales from the Ward

    July 06, 2018

    In medicine, stories often hold the keys to making a diagnosis or improving patient care. But, central to storytelling is the ability to effectively communicate, not just with patients and their families, but also with colleagues and mentors.

  • PNG

    The Path through Penn Medicine: Differentiation of Each Student’s Journey

    May 07, 2018

    There is a shared background among every person who bears the letters “MD” after their name: They’ve gone through four years of medical school, learning similar basic sciences knowledge and clinical skills necessary to pursue medical licensing after they graduate.

  • Match Day: Out of the Comfort Zone and Into the Crucible

    March 16, 2018

    Match Day is the climax of medical school. It's one of the most visible and dramatic outcome of four years of hard work. For many, it will be a day of pure joy. But because the Match process is not unlike being picked sequentially in gym class, the day is also a source of anxiety and uncertainty.

  • penn-health-x

    Penn HealthX Aims to Expand the Conversation Beyond Boundaries in Medicine

    January 03, 2018

    When the news broke of the FDA approval of a gene therapy for the treatment of a form of retinal blindness, some medical students at Penn had an insider’s perspective. Not only was the therapy initially developed by researchers at Penn and CHOP, but a medical student group called Penn HealthX had hosted in-depth conversations about bringing that scientific discovery to the marketplace.

  • heart-murmur

    Mur, Mur, Mur

    December 04, 2017

    I’ve apparently got a “great” heart murmur. I think it’s some mix of loudness and clarity that makes it a particularly good murmur. It’s actually kind of charming, how much doctors and residents tend to nerd out about it. They’ll tell me, “Ah, that’s a really wonderful murmur!” and I’ll react with a “Thank you,” as if they’d complimented my fastball.

  • mags

    The Not-so-Famous Way to Get Health Info

    November 03, 2017

    The truth is, celebrity news stories attract a lot of eyeballs. So it’s not surprising that media outlets continue to use that angle for stories on health and disease, with headlines like “14 Celebrities with Breast Cancer” or “Stars Who Have Battled Cancer.” What is surprising is that it may not be what patients actually want to read when they’re looking for health information.

  • horse image

    When Eadward Muybridge Came to Penn

    November 01, 2017

    Deep within the annals of Penn Medicine’s two-and-a-half centuries is a fun little story that ties together horse racing, an eccentric man with a Rip Van Winkle beard, The Matrix, and the University of Pennsylvania. It starts, as many good stories do, with a (possibly apocryphal) bet.

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