The Path Through Penn Medicine

It is the fall of 2015, a time of both reflection and new beginnings. The Perelman School of Medicine is celebrating its 250th anniversary, while the bright, new Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center (JMEC) opens and welcomes medical students for the first time.


The New Leader’s Landscape

Today’s leader faces a far more demanding set of expectations than the archetypal leader in academic medicine in the past, who gained tenure and promotion through excellence as a clinician and researcher—often without any assessment or training in specific leadership skills. Yet as the challenges are growing, so too are the opportunities to make progress.


A Cohort Study Comes of Age

Over nearly two decades, a major national study of kidney disease led and coordinated at Penn has defined key risk factors in an all-too-common silent epidemic. And the way its scientists make discoveries has grown up along with the study itself.

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3 Questions on the Future of Medical Education

Just over a year into her role as senior vice dean for medical education at the Perelman School of Medicine, Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, shares her perspective on what the future holds.

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    On the Other Side of the Glass

    In her years as a medical student, Sabrina Layne has learned a lot about caring for critically ill patients. But now she has a different perspective at a patient’s bedside.
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    It’s a vista that transports cancer patients and their loved ones away from their treatment center and across the world. As part of the Radiation Oncology Quality of Life program, a treasure trove of paintings and photographs rotates through the department’s waiting room in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.
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    Notes on Coming of Age

    Becoming the professional you dreamed you’d become—a journey we followed with the medical students in our cover story—is one of the most essential aspects of coming of age. That theme makes more than one appearance in this issue.
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    Vital Signs

    Catch up on many of the biggest news stories from Penn Medicine over the past few months: Behind the scenes of the new inpatient Pavilion. Kevin Mahoney named UPHS CEO. Plus honors and awards, and more.
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    Telemedicine’s Tall-Ship Captain

    After following the familiar pipeline of high school to college to career, Huffenberger felt the desire to travel. She wanted to see different places, different people and different cultures. That’s when the sea called.
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    Development Matters: Remembering Ray Perelman | Penn Medicine in Florida

    In January 2019, Penn Medicine—and the City of Philadelphia—lost one of its most significant and committed civic partners with the passing of Raymond G. Perelman, W'40, Hon'14. Also in this section: Alumni and friends in Florida were treated to an insider’s view of Penn Medicine and its Power of Penn Medicine campaign with a series of events in Naples and Palm Beach this winter.
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    Awards, Progress Notes and Obituaries

    Career updates and obituaries for alumni and faculty. A special remembrance for Joe Ensign-Lewis, MD’17, who died in a car accident in March.
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