Penn State College of Medicine
Alumni Update
Issue #5August/2011

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An Welcome Message from Dean Harold Paz

Marianne Felice '72 and the National Children's Survey


Beyond Superheroes: Comics in Medicine 


COM Alumni Weekend September 2011


Annual Mentoring Breakfast for Alumni


Commencement Ceremonies Held  

Medical Center & College of Medicine and Penn State News

Roger Brumback '71 Editor of Alternative Medicine Journal


Penn State Clinical and Traditional Science Institute (CTSI) Receives Grant from NIH  

Learn More about the CTSI 


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Class Reunion Volunteers

The Alumni Office appreciates the efforts of the 23 alumni volunteers who are helping to ensure that Alumni Weekend 2011 will be a celebration to remember. Those involved include:


Class of 1971

Teri English, MD

Col. H. Theodore

   Harcke, MD

Peter Roode, MD


Class of 1976

Wayne Conrad, MD Laurent Delli-Bovi, MD

David Joyner, MD Stephen Strelec, MD  


Class of 1981

Ricardo Azziz, MD

Ed Hartle, MD

J. Michael Niehoff, MD

Rafael Lopez

   Steuart, MD

Thomas Terndrup, MD


Class of 1986

John Boehmer, MD Trent Gause, MD Claudia Kasales, MD Doug Willard, MD

Class of 1991

Mark Henck, MD

Frank Lynch, MD

Ray Zarlengo, MD

Class of 1996 Elizabeth Campbell

   McKenna, MD

Andrea Zaenglein, MD


Class of 2001

Wendy Braund, MD


Class of 2006

Peju Simoyan, MD


If you would like to become a member of your class reunion committee or have any questions please contact Alumni Relations via e-mail or at 717-531-7063.


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Reunion Gift


With the rising cost of a medical education, now more than ever scholarship support is a fundraising priority at the College of Medicine. Please consider making a gift in honor of your reunion.

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A Message From the DeanDr. Paz June 2011

Greetings to all our Penn State College of Medicine alumni!


It is a pleasure to introduce another issue of our quarterly alumni eNewsletter and to update you on some of the exciting developments at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. For more frequent updates on our institution and on issues facing academic medicine, I invite you to read and subscribe to my new monthly blog, Perspectives, by clicking here. The 2010-2011 academic year has been extraordinarily successful by many important measures. Our medical and graduate students continue to excel and very soon we will welcome another outstanding new entering class to Hershey. Our new Regional Medical Campus in State College is evolving rapidly, offering new ambulatory care sites, a growing array of providers and specialties, and educational programs for medical students and, eventually, residents. An accreditation visit by the LCME is planned soon for our regional campus, and I look forward to keeping our alumni updated on our progress.


Here in Hershey, construction of our new Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is well underway. Scheduled to open in late 2012, the facility will provide a new home for our pediatric services, which once again were listed among the nation's best in the most recent US News and World Report rankings. I'm pleased to report that US News also listed Penn State Hershey Medical Center among the top-performing hospitals in eleven adult specialties, and our increasing clinical volumes reflect our patients' confidence in us. Our research enterprise is growing as well, with $105 million in sponsored research awards over the past year. Most notably, Penn State recently received a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health, making us one of only 60 institutions in the nation to receive such an award. The CTSA will support collaborative research aimed at bringing scientific advances from the lab to the patient's bedside. 


Those of you who are able to join us for Alumni Weekend in September will have the opportunity to learn more, first-hand, about all of these developments and more. This year's Alumni Weekend will be a special one, as we celebrate the 40th reunion of our inaugural medical class. I hope to see many of you there and as always, I am grateful to all our alumni 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

A Lifetime of Questions Poured into The National Children's Study
Marianne Felice

It's been decades since Marianne Felice, M.D. '72 was a nun, but she likes to think that her Mother Superior, who encouraged her to go to medical school in the first place, would be proud of her.


As one of only three women to graduate from Penn State College of Medicine's second class in 1972, Dr. Felice has come a long way from the days when she was a "feisty" nun aspiring to be a doctor, wearing a habit to class during her freshman year.


Her struggle to learn medicine mirrored a parallel spiritual journey, as she sought to address her doubts about staying in convent life. "I was in tremendous angst. I was grappling with medical school, and with staying in the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh." She had many conversations with her Mother Superior about this struggle. 



Beyond Superheroes: Comics as a new genre for medical storytelling 

Penn State College of Medicine may be the only place in theMichael Green country where a fourth year medical student can take an elective Humanities course about comics titled "Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives." But before you snort derisively, listen to Michael Green, M.D., professor in the departments of Humanities and Medicine, explain why he created this course.


"Most people think comics are juvenile, silly, and frivolous, that it's only about superheroes or funny cartoons. But I'm teaching about a specific, growing genre of graphic narratives that tell incredibly moving stories."



Alumni Weekend Celebration on
September 16 - 17, 2011

The year 2011 marks forty years of Penn State College of Medicine graduating world-class physicians. To celebrate the milestone that has been four decades in the making, special activities are being planned to coincide with Alumni Weekend, slated for September 16-17, 2011.Alumni Weekend kiss
One of the events that will take place will be a celebration on Friday, September 16. Alumni, special guests, faculty representatives from the past and present, and current students will join together for a memorable evening comprised of a short program, great food, plenty of reconnecting.

During this special weekend, the classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 will also gather to recognize their quinquennial reunion years, and the Class of 1981 will be welcomed into the Crescent Society.

 Alumni Weekend hug

We hope to see you at the special fortieth anniversary celebration during Alumni Weekend, September 16-17, 2011. Remember to RSVP before September 2.

Click here to register online for Alumni Weekend.

Annual Mentoring Breakfast Scheduled as Part of Alumni Weekend 2011

Career Night Piece

You are invited to join fellow Penn State College of Medicine alumni, current and emeritus faculty members, and current students students, on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. for the annual Mentoring Breakfast that takes place during Alumni Weekend festivities. The event will take place in the University Conference Center on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus.

As you know, students face many choices as they approach graduation. Through the Mentoring Breakfast, the College seeks to help students explore career options by interacting with alumni who have lived the experience. During the event, students are seated with alumni and current and emeritus faculty who have
chosen a career path that interests them.


Students also have the opportunity to circulate to other tables for small roundtable discussions focused on specific specialties and professions. There are no formal presentations; just come prepared to discuss your career choices.

Please contact Alumni Relations via email or 717-531-0003 (ext. 283072) or sign up through your Alumni Weekend registration to volunteer to participate.


College of Medicine Commencement Ceremonies Held

A new generation of doctors graduated from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey on May 15th during the 41st annual ceremony in Founders Hall on the Milton Hershey School campus.Commencement 2011


Diplomas were presented to 151 medical students and 66 graduate students during the ceremony.


Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, president of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston, told graduates to keep their focus people-oriented.


"Therapies mean nothing unless a 60-year-old patient can play with his grandchildren or a six-year-old leukemia patient gets to play on her jungle gym," she said in the commencement address. "Keep people first. One size does not fit all when it comes to patient care."


In addition, College of Medicine Alumni Society President Dr. Wendy Braund '01 attended the ceremony and offered the graduates words of welcome to the Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society and the Penn State Alumni Association. 


Click here to view photos from the commencement ceremony