(PHILADELPHIA) — Will youth be served? Do the brains have the brawn? These are just a couple of the questions the faculty and administrators will have to consider while preparing for their annual round-ball contest against a team of medical school students. Led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s basketball coordinator Mike Rabinowitz, the student team’s rotation will correspond to what year they are in med school. First year students will play the first quarter, second year students get the second quarter and so on.

“The faculty hasn’t won in at least the last four years,” Rabinowitz said. “I wouldn’t call it an annual drubbing, but the students have certainly been on a roll.”

That roll continued last year as the students powered past their mentors 46-34, despite a game high 16 points by the pride of the Penn Sports Medicine Center, David Webner, MD.

“We have a comprehensive plan to slow down the game so our heft and superior guile win the day,” a confident Ralph Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, declared.

To keep things fair, there will be two referees. Associate Dean of Student Affairs and part-time recreation league referee, Jon Morris, MD, will be on hand, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology Administrative Services Coordinator Allison Simpson, BS, an official part-time Division II/III college referee.


The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Student versus Faculty Basketball Game


Twenty-three key Penn Medicine faculty and administrators—including Ralph Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Dr. Craig Thompson, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, Chair of the Department of Cancer Biology; Dr. Bill Greeley, Chair of Anesthesia at CHOP, and Dr. David Webner, Family Medicine -- will take on 24 medical students, led by Mike Rabinowitz, team captain and fourth year med student.


Friday, April 20th
6 pm tip-off


University of Pennsylvania
Hutchinson Gymnasium [map]
Located next to the Palestra, off of 33rd Street
220 South 32nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19104


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

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