PHILADELPHIA – Within the crowd of 144 Perelman School of Medicine medical students, spouses, and children eager to learn where they have been accepted for their residency program on Match Day, the next generation of medical leaders is already emerging.

Keira Alexis CohenKeira Alexis Cohen leads efforts to support underserved and vulnerable populations in Philadelphia and abroad. She has coordinated the University City Hospitality Coalition Medical Clinic – a weekly student-run clinic for homeless and low-income individuals in West Philadelphia – and identified unmet health needs of impoverished adolescents and women in Lima, Peru. Fluent in Spanish, she manages Language Link, a program that trains students as medical interpreters and provides volunteer interpretation services for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Adam David Robertson RowhWhether providing emergency medical care and fighting fires in the northern Rockies or serving as a certified medical interpreter in the HUP Emergency Department, Adam David Robertson Rowh goes where help is needed. The National Institutes of Health has supported his research on predictors of antiretroviral failure in Botswana, and he received a Penn Global Health award for his research on parasitic illnesses in Peru.

Jaehyun ByunJaehyun “Jimmy” Byun is advancing medical care in rural communities. With a master’s degree in Applied Plant Sciences and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, he identified housing issues for Minnesota migrant farm workers, trained rural healthcare providers in emergency medicine care, and cared for immigrants and refugees in Houston. As coordinator of the Guatemala Health Initiative, he produced health education videos in the indigenous Tz’utujil Maya language and studied the effects of indoor wood stove use on respiratory health for patients at Hospitalito Atitlán.

Upon entering the auditorium, each of the 144 graduating (May) medical students participating in the National Residency Matching Program will honor Penn Medicine tradition by dropping a dollar bill into a fishbowl, as compensation for any anxiety caused by being the last person to receive the envelope with their results.

WHERE:

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dunlop Auditorium - Stemmler Hall
3450 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Across the courtyard from the Rhoads Pavilion at HUP

WHEN:

March 19, 2009
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WHO:

Introduction by Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine

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PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in 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 currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 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 (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

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.