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Issue: # 14 
Fall 2013 
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 From the Vice Dean for  Educational Affairs
Terry Wolpaw, MD, MHPE
Read a special message from Terry Wolpaw, MD, MHPE, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, about the exciting changes taking place in medical education at Penn State College of Medicine.

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 A Day in the Life of a  Medical Student
Have you ever wondered how things may have changed since your medical school days? Read this new blog from Kevin Moser, MSII, for a peek into a day in the life of a current Penn State College of Medicine student.

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Careers in Medicine
is a new student-run organization at Penn State College of Medicine.
Offering a variety of resources from shadowing experiences to residency advice, the purpose of this program is to provide students with additional guidance as they decide on a future specialty. Click here for more information about the new Careers in Medicine program and to learn how you can get involved.

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 Featured News 
Alumnus looks deeper, sees new way to provide quality care for often overlooked patients 

Since July 2012, Christopher K. Echterling, '88, M.D. '92, has been the founding medical director of WellSpan Bridges to Health-an innovative "ambulatory intensive care unit" that targets York County, Pa. patients who are particularly high utilizers of inpatient and emergency department services. Echterling's multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and social workers addresses not only their patients' chronic health conditions but also underlying, contributing factors such as poverty and mental health issues. 
In little more than a year, Bridges to Health has both enhanced the quality of care and reduced inpatient stays and emergency room visits by more than 25 percent. 

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Matthew Silvis, M.D. '02: Keeping the Hershey Bears on the ice

There's a vast difference between professional athletes and weekend warriors-a disparity reflected in the way Matthew Silvis, M.D. '02, approaches the Hershey Bears ice hockey players and the rest of his patients.


Silvis is both the team physician for the Bears and the clinical services chief and medical director for primary care sports medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.


Find out how he keeps professional athletes and amateur competitors at the top of their game. 

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 Alumni Weekend 2013 Recap 

What a great time we all had in Hershey last month! More than 225 alumni, guests, and friends came back to campus as the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983 (Crescent Society), 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008 marked their respective reunions. Read more to re-live Alumni Weekend 2013. Don't forget to check out our flickr picture gallery!


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 Upcoming Events 
Vote for Penn State Hershey's Pink Glove Dance video!
Help us win this national competition and $25,000 for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Click here to
learn more about the video contest and how you can vote daily from October 25 - November 8. Every vote counts!

Sunday, November 3
AAMC Alumni & Friends Reception
Marriott Downtown - Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, November 13
Careers in Medicine Specialty Career Fair
Penn State College of Medicine
University Fitness Center
Saturday, November 16
Ophthalmology Alumni & Friends Reception
Hilton Riverside - New Orleans, LA
Monday, December 2
Radiology Alumni & Friends Reception
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place - Chicago, IL
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Career Night
Penn State College of Medicine
For more information about these events, please email the 
Alumni Relations Office or call 717-531-6247.
 Awards and Accolades 
Robert E. Harbaugh, M.D. '78 receives the 2013 Penn State Alumni Fellow Award

Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh is director of the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences; distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery; and professor of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Click here to read more about his scholarship, career, and contributions to medicine and health care.

Dennis L. Gingrich, M.D. '76 recognized with the 2013 Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., M.D. Service Award 

Dr. Dennis L. Gingrich has devoted the majority of his professional career to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. A professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2005 and the Department of Humanities since 2010, Dr. Gingrich has served as an advisor to over 90 medical students and worked closely with students on more than 20 different research projects. He is currently the faculty advisor to the Family Practice Interest Group and has also advised students in the Rural and Underserved Medicine Group. We are grateful for Dr. Gingrich's outstanding service over the years, and we were proud to honor him with the prestigious Cheston M. Berlin Service Award this year.

Sarah Smith, Class of 2014, receives the 2013 Penn State Spirit of Internationalization Award

Over the last four years, Sarah Smith has participated in, and helped to shape the development of, the Global Health Scholars Program at the College of Medicine. Read about her recent experiences in Africa and her passion for global health.

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