Penn State College of Medicine
Alumni Update
Issue #1

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A Welcome Message from Dean Paz

Azziz Med'81 
Named President of the Medical College of Georgia

PNC Helps Dream Become Reality

Veldhuis Med'74 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Commencement Ceremonies Held

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College of Medicine Alumni Update Image of Dr. Harold L. Paz

In an effort to help keep you better connected to Penn State College of Medicine, I am pleased to introduce the first issue of our Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Update, a new quarterly publication. We hope that you enjoy the feature and news articles that will appear in each edition.

It has been a wonderful year at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. Our faculty, staff and students continue to achieve new standards of success. In February, the College of Medicine had an exceptionally positive reaccreditation site visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). We are developing a regional medical campus that will offer our medical students the option of completing their clinical years in State College, and other new initiatives are enhancing research collaborations between Hershey and University Park.

Over the past year, we have opened the doors to our new Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and surpassed our $65 million philanthropic goal for the new, freestanding Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, construction of which has now begun. Our Medical Group and Health System are also growing, with new ambulatory care sites and expanding partnerships with affiliates throughout central Pennsylvania. For more details on these and other recent developments, follow this
link to view archived copies of my Dean's letters to alumni and friends.

It is an exciting time to be a Penn Stater. Much of what we are accomplishing would not be possible without the efforts and support of our alumni. Thank you for your continued support of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Harold L. Paz, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer,
   Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State
Dean, Penn State College of Medicine
Ricardo AzzizRicardo Azziz Med'81 Named President of the Medical College of Georgia

Those who remember Ricardo Azziz, M.D.   Med'81 from medical school or know him from his extensive involvement in alumni activities at Penn State College of Medicine will not be surprised by his latest achievement.
Later this month, Azziz will leave his post as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles to move across the country with his family and become the eighth president of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Georgia's health sciences university.

With Help from the PNC Foundation, A Dream Becomes Reality
PNC Foundation Makes $1M Commitment
Learning Wall
Building a freestanding children's hospital has long been a dream of many at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and now, thanks to the help of great corporate partners like PNC, this dream is finally coming true.
The PNC Foundation recently made a $1 million contribution to the Medical Center towards the construction of a new children's hospital. This gift will be used to name a Learning Wall in the new building that will serve as a warm, welcoming focal point for children and families when they first enter the hospital.

Johannes Veldhuis Med'74 Receives Penn State's DistinguishedJohannes Veldhuis Alumni Award
Renowned Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Johannes Veldhuis, M.D. Med'74 and his team could find the key to reversing the effects of aging or at least slowing the process. For more than 20 years, Veldhuis has studied the complex interaction between the pituitary gland, growth hormone levels, and the shrinking muscles and expanding midsections associated with aging.

Commencement Ceremonies Held
99% of Penn State MD Students Secure Residency

A new generation of doctors - 148 medical students and 75 graduate students - graduated on May 16th from the Penn State College of Medicine.

The ceremony, held in Founders Hall at Milton Hershey School, featured a commencement address by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, founding dean and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services former secretary.

The new medical doctors will head to residency programs in different specialties in more than a dozen states. The most popular specialties are pediatrics with 22 new doctors; internal medicine, 17; and family medicine, 13. Urology, plastic surgery and child neurology each have one new doctor from Penn State College of Medicine.