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College of Medicine welcomes incoming class of graduate students

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed more than 100 new graduate students on Aug. 17. They will study to obtain degrees in anatomy, biomedical science, biostatistics, clinical research, epidemiology, laboratory animal medicine, neuroscience and public health.

The COVID-19 pandemic required faculty and staff to organize both an in-person and virtual orientation. The incoming class completed a series of online training modules, while also listening to presentations on safety, diversity and inclusion, curriculum, stress management, career services and other resources.

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2020 Graduate Student Oath Ceremony

College of Medicine alumni talked with the incoming students during an online panel session. The alumni came from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Bucknell University, Pfizer, the National Institutes of Health, Janssen, Inc. and other organizations.

The new class recited the traditional graduate student oath during two separate ceremonies to allow for social distancing and other safety measures. They vowed to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism and scholarship throughout their academic careers. Dr. Mauricio Pontes, assistant professor at the College of Medicine, and Dr. Rachel Levine, professor of pediatrics at the College of Medicine and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, delivered keynote addresses.

“We are excited to welcome this class of students into the Penn State family and our academic community at the College of Medicine,” said Dr. Charles Lang, associate dean for graduate studies. “Although they are beginning their studies during an unprecedented time, faculty and staff are committed to providing them with the best possible learning experience.”

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