Penn State College of Medicine
Alumni Update
Issue #2

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Medical Education Update from
Dr. Richard Simons

Godfrey Med'72 
Named Executive Director of PAM

Alumni Scholarships Help Make Dream Come True

Rege Med'75 Receives
Alumni Fellow Award

College of Medicine Alumni Weekend 2010

Alumni Society Board Accepting Nominations

Medical Center & College of Medicine News

Three Longtime Faculty Members Pass Away
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Medical Education Update from the Desk of Dr. Richard Simons 

Dear Fellow Alumni,
The aroma of formaldehyde once again fills the halls of our College of Medicine which signifies the arrival of one thing - the start of another academic year. Our beloved anatomy professor, Ian Zagon, PhD, is once again orchestrating a top-notch educational experience for our first year students who now have a much different perspective of the human body than they had ever anticipated. The year was ushered in by our traditional and meaningful White Coat Ceremony during the first week of August, featuring our faculty speaker, Charles Palmer, M.D, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine. Our newest students are amongst the strongest group of students we have seen in the College of Medicine, with an average GPA of 3.74 and MCAT of 30. Equally impressive are all of the non-academic qualities of these students which really are a testimony to the more humanistic character of these individuals. This past year our College of Medicine received more than 7600 applications for the 145 slots in the entering class so they are really a special group of talented individuals. You can click here for a closer look at the Class of 2014.
Richard J. Simons, M.D. Med'81
Vice Dean for Educational Affairs
Professor of Medicine
Dr Thomas GodfreyThomas Godfrey Med'72 Named Executive Director of Pa. Academy of Music

What exactly qualifies a physician to take over as president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music (PAM), located in Lancaster? And why would anyone even want this job, especially if they were only being paid the princely sum of $1 for a year's work?
The answer should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Thomas Godfrey, M.D., a member of the second class to graduate from Penn State College of Medicine in 1972. It appears to be a simple combination of roots (he was born and raised in Lancaster), a deep love of music, and old-fashioned optimism.
After all, this is the same man who took over a failing healthcare system in California in the mid-1990's and restored its strength, boosting utilization by 60 percent in three years, according to the Lancaster New Era.

Rebekah McCurdy Med'11 Pursuing Dream
Alumni Scholarships Helps Make it Possible

It's not often that a college student interested in medicine purposefully graduates with a B.S. in Biblical Studies. But Rebekah Sangrey McCurdy is not your average medical student.
While traveling to rural Belize during high school, Rebekah first realized that she wanted to become a doctor. Even now, as a fourth year medical student, she remains focused on her long-term goal: after completing a four-year residency in OB-GYN, she plans to move to Africa to practice a holistic mix of medicine and spirituality.
Although a medical degree was her ultimate goal, Rebekah specifically chose the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for college - living at home and completing her coursework online. As she puts it, "Faith-based organizations like to see a degree in a ministry." To better prepare, she supplemented her education with a year of concentrated pre-med courses at York College of Pennsylvania.

Robert Rege Med'75 Receives
Dr. Robert RegeAlumni Fellow Award
Robert V. Rege Med'75, '82R, the Hall and Mary Lucile Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery, and professor and chairman in the department of surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, will be presented the Penn State Alumni Association's most prestigious award when he receives Alumni Fellow recognition at University Park on October 13, 2010.

The Alumni Fellow Award has been presented since 1973 and is given to alumni who are leaders in their professional fields. As part of the award's process, recipients are invited to return to campus and share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. Rege will visit the Medical Center during Alumni Weekend on October 1 and 2 and will serve as the featured speaker at Convocation.

College of Medicine Alumni Weekend 2010
Return. Reconnect. Reunion.
Join us October 1-2 for Alumni Weekend 2010. Don't miss the chance to renew old relationships with classmates and share memories of your medical or graduate school days. Take the opportunity to walk the campus and see how Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine have changed - and remained the same.

All College of Medicine alumni are welcome, especially the Reunion Classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005. Click here for a complete schedule, registration materials, and hotel information.

Completed registration materials may be submitted by mail to the address below, by fax to 717-531-7939, or by e-mail.

Office of University Development and Alumni Relations
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Mail Code A120
P.O. Box 852
Hershey, PA  17033-0852
Alumni Society Board Seeking Nominations
The Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society Board of Directors is accepting nominations for Board positions.
Are you interested in encouraging and strengthening interaction between the Penn State College of Medicine and its alumni? Does serving as a resource that alumni and current students can turn to for assistance appeal to you? If so, then please consider applying for a seat on the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Alumni Society and is responsible for its management and development.  Members of the Board of Directors serve for three consecutive years and may be elected for no more than two consecutive terms. In addition, the Alumni Board of Directors meets three times a year, including a conference call meeting in January.
If you are interested please e-mail a cover letter stating why you are compelled to be a Board member and a copy of your CV to the Alumni Relations Office by October 31, 2010.