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Dean Karen Kim talks with scholarship recipients at the Alumni and Scholars Celebration during the College of Medicine’s Alumni Weekend on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.

College of Medicine dean makes leadership gift, issues scholarship challenge

Dr. Karen Kim, who began her tenure as dean of Penn State College of Medicine in September 2023, has committed to giving $250,000 over the next five years to bolster medical student scholarships and to challenge alumni, friends, faculty and staff to follow her lead.

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Penn State THON Weekend kicks off Feb. 16

More than 700 student dancers and thousands of student volunteers will unite at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center, Feb. 16-18, for the 52nd annual THON Weekend.

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Penn State Health, College of Medicine recognize staff, faculty and student accomplishments

Penn State Health his compiled the following list of awards and appointments from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023.

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Pennsylvania’s First Lady, Acting Secretary of Health visit Children’s Hospital

Pennsylvania’s First Lady Lori Shapiro and Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen spent time with patients at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Feliciano-Weiser honored by National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Madeline Feliciano-Weiser, a nurse manager at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, received a #NAHNStrong award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

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Latest Research

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Donors continue son’s legacy with estate gift to personalized medicine

A recent estate gift from Dr. and Mrs. Vali and Pari Kermani will expand the Kia Kermani Foundation Research Fund for Personalized Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Advanced imaging gives researchers front row view of cellular junctions

Penn State College of Medicine researchers used focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy to reveal a previously unknown complex formed at cell-to-cell junctions consisting of desmosomes, keratin filaments and endoplasmic reticulum.

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Rh sensitization treatment may be unnecessary in first trimester pregnancies

An immune treatment may not be necessary until after the first trimester of pregnancy, according to Penn State research. The results could change pregnancy care guidelines and close health equity gaps.

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Black bisexual women in rural areas are at highest risk for suicidal behaviors

Penn State College of Medicine researchers said they conducted a “first-of-its-kind study,” revealing how various demographic factors intersect to affect a person’s risk of having suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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College of Medicine receives record-breaking $160M in annual research funding

Between April and June 2023, College of Medicine researchers received 195 grants and contracts totaling $57.04 million for research.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Hernia – the common, treatable condition no one is talking about

‘Tis the season for heart attacks shoveling snow – but don’t forget about hernias. A Penn State Health doctor discusses the ailment and when you should seek help.

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The Medical Minute: Tooth trouble linked to heart trouble

Medical science says a lot about how cardiovascular health is influenced by what you put in your mouth. But what about the mouth itself? A Penn State Health heart surgeon offers his views on dental health and hearth health.

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The Medical Minute: Hearing impairment can lead to depression, isolation, dementia

Left unchecked, hearing loss can lead to lead to social isolation and depression – two conditions proven to hasten dementia. A Penn State Health expert sounds off on what you can do about it.

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The Medical Minute: Myths, realities of birth defects

Plenty of misinformation circulates about what causes birth defects in unborn babies. A Penn State Health expert helps separate the myths from the realities.

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The Medical Minute: Calling all blood donors – especially young ones

Blood banks are looking for donors everywhere, but if you’re 17 to 35, step to the front of the line. A Penn State Health expert discusses why younger donors are needed more than ever.

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Latest Education

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Henao and O’Bryant recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Maria Paula Henao, MD, faculty member, and Michael O’Bryant, DO, resident, are the February awardees through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Grogan and Eng recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

James Grogan, MD, faculty member, and Nina Eng, MD, resident, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of January.

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Hess and Bavier recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Stacy Hess, MD, faculty member, and Richard Bavier, MD, resident, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of November.

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Rizk and Hussaini recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Elias Rizk, MD, and fellow Zeba Hussaini, MD, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of November.

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October Exceptional Moments in Teaching announced

Kofi Clarke, MD, and resident Blake Baer, MD, were named Exceptional Moments in Teaching awardees for the month of October.

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Latest Patient Care

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Hershey Medical Center completes renovation of heart and vascular unit

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will complete the final stage of a two-part move of its Heart and Vascular Progressive Care Unit from the first to third floor on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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‘I wish I hadn’t waited so long.’ Berks County woman thrives after weight loss surgery at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

Trina Love of Berks County lost 85 pounds following weight loss surgery at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

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Penn State Health launches stroke health equity initiative

Penn State Health has created a plan to address stroke health equity for patients cared for throughout the organization.

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Hershey Medical Center recognized for exceptional maternity care

Hershey Medical Center has been recognized as one of the best in the nation for maternity care.

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A GPS for your mind: Penn State Health’s Brainlab surgical system helps teen recover from hemorrhage

Brainlab, which couples computer-generated images with actual patient radiograph studies, creates a mixed-reality perspective a neurosurgeon calls “a GPS for your brain.”

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Enlarged Prostates

There are more treatment options than ever for enlarged prostate, according to Dr. Jaime Herrera Caceres, a urologist at Penn State Health's Hampden Medical Center and Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About… Stomach Pain

We all have stomach pains from time to time. But how can we pinpoint the cause and determine when it may be serious and warrant medical attention?

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Ask Us Anything About… Cholesterol Screening

Dr. Patrick Fitzsimmons, an interventional cardiologist at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, covers what you need to know about cholesterol and the importance of knowing your numbers.

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Ask Us Anything About… RSV in Children

We’ve been hearing a lot about RSV -- or respiratory syncytial virus -- lately. While cases are reported every year, an early influx of cases -- and of hospitalizations, including among children -- is adding to concern this year. We find out what parents need to know from Dr. Jessica Ericson, a pediatric infectious diseases physician, and Dr. Duane Williams, a pediatric critical care physician -- both of Penn State Health Children's Hospital.

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Ask Us Anything About... Knee Problems

Approximately a quarter of all adults suffer from knee pain. We learn more about the causes of and treatments for a range of knee ailments from two Penn State Health orthopedic surgeons: Dr. Charles Davis and Dr. Aman Dhawan.

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Latest Community

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Penn State Health Inclusion Week events highlight diversity in health care

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Penn State Health’s first Community Benefit Report highlights work to improve public health

Penn State Health’s first Community Benefit Report highlights efforts to improve public health in Central Pennsylvania.

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Welcome to Penn State Health’s flu shot drive-through. Mind the curves.

For the community health nurses and volunteers who make it happen, each stop in the annual flu shot drive-through clinic is the culmination of months of planning and years of fine-tuning.

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Penn State Health socks out bias on National Coming Out Day

Penn State Health celebrated National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 by encouraging everyone to “sock out” bias and discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) communities.

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Penn State Health patient councils support unique needs and interests of diverse populations

Penn State Health is working to address the unique interests, issues and needs of these patient populations through the work of three diverse patient advisory councils.

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Latest People

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The voice: Four Diamonds-funded translator helps families struck by childhood cancer

When dancers take the floor at THON, one of the outcomes they're dancing for is Ernesto Garcia, medical interpreter in the pediatric hematology-oncology unit at Penn State Health Children's Hospital.

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Penn State Health names Snyder president of Hampden and Holy Spirit medical centers

Penn State Health has appointed Kyle Snyder to the position of president of its Hampden and Holy Spirit medical centers.

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Diversity Grand Rounds explore social determinants of health, disabilities, religious diversity

Penn State Health Diversity Council representatives are taking action to advance diversity, equity and inclusion by hosting Diversity Grand Rounds for the workforce.

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Penn State Health employees receive Service Member Patriot Award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented two employees from Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center with awards for their support of an Army National Guard employee.

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Penn State Health expands support of diverse workforce through Business Employee Resource Groups

Penn State Health’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has revamped its Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs) to better align with the health system’s organizational goals and diversity priorities.

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