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Issue: # 12 
April 2013 

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The foundation of a department: John A. Waldhausen, M.D.

A message from
the Alumni Society President
The ties that bind

THON - View from a dancer's feet

Alan D. Bedrick, M.D.'78 named 2013 Penn State Distinguished Alumnus

Stabler Foundation gives $1 Million gift for scholarship endowment

Career Night 2013  -  
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The foundation of a department: John A. Waldhausen, M.D. 

Waldhausen Nearly a year after his death on May 15, 2012, it is still hard to imagine what the Department of Surgery, the Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center would be today without the enormous contributions of John A. Waldhausen, M.D.

Waldhausen, the founding chair who led the department for a quarter century, was a world-renowned cardiac and thoracic surgeon and researcher, known for pediatric heart surgery. 

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A message from
Paul W. Weibel Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P, Alumni Society President 
Dear Fellow Alumni,

I write to you as the newest president of the Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society Board. It was with great pleasure that I assumed this role in September and I look forward to serving our College of Medicine in this capacity.

Since the last issue of the Alumni Update, many exciting things have been happening at Hershey. The move to the new Children's Hospital is complete and renovations on the former seventh floor Children's Hospital have begun; the Institute for Personalized Medicine was dedicated on January 16; the College of Medicine hosted the inaugural Graduate Alumni Reunion in early March, which featured a mentoring brunch for alumni and graduate students; and the fourth-year medical students celebrated a successful Match Day on March 15 at the Hershey Country Club.

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The ties that bind

English Family Born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania, Jack English had never been further west than Pittsburgh. Teri Learn English, on the other hand, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She did, however, have parental roots in Hershey. With a combination of pioneering spirit and what, in retrospect, they realize was naiveté, Jack and Teri came to Hershey in the summer of 1967 to become part of Penn State College of Medicine's first class. Once there, they found their life-long passions-both for medicine and for each other.

Today, even having lived on the West Coast for nearly forty years, they are critical players in keeping that first Class of 1971 together.  

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THON - View from a dancer's feet

THON Dancer Scharnitz Tommy Scharnitz, a first-year Penn State College of Medicine student, is a THON veteran. As a freshman at Penn State (University Park campus), he heard about The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. It is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer, for which the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is the sole beneficiary.

That first year, Scharnitz attended THON expecting to sit in the stands for an hour or two to see what all the hype was about, only to end up staying for twelve hours.    
Alan D. Bedrick, M.D. '78, named 2013 Penn State Distinguished Alumnus

Alan Bedrick DA Alan D. Bedrick, M.D. '78, is the recipient of the 2013 Penn State University Distinguished Alumni Award (the highest honor that the University bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus). The award recognizes the achievements of alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater."

An expert in perinatal and neonatal medicine, Bedrick has dedicated his career to caring for critically ill newborns, demonstrating not only the highest level of clinical skill but also the compassion and empathy required to care for the parents of these tiny patients.

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Stabler Foundation gives $1 Million gift for scholarship endowment

Penn State College of Medicine has received a $1 million gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation in Harrisburg. It amounts to the largest single contribution the college has ever received for an endowed scholarship.

By supporting deserving students, the Stabler Foundation hopes the impact of its gift will multiply as recipients are encouraged to give back to support future generations of medical trainees at the College of Medicine.

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Career Night 2013 - RSVP today

Career Night 2012

You are invited to join fellow Penn State College of Medicine alumni, emeritus faculty members, and current medical students, on April 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. for Career Night. The event takes 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 Career Night, the College seeks to help students explore career options by interacting with alumni who have already lived the experience. During the dinner, students are seated with alumni who have chosen a career path that interests them. There is no need for you to prepare anything, just come willing to discuss your career choices.

Please contact alumni relations at or 717-531-8497 to RSVP.