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Levenson honored for service to medical scientist education

Robert Levenson, PhD, co-director of Penn State College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program, was honored at a recent meeting for his service in the education of physician-scientists.

Dr. Levenson, a distinguished professor of pharmacology and neural and behavioral sciences, received a plaque for 15 years of service and outstanding leadership in promoting the education of students in the MD/PhD program at the College of Medicine. The award was presented July 17 at the annual professional development meeting of the MD/PhD section of AAMC’s Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT). The award was presented by the National Association of MD-PhD Programs, which works complementarily with the AAMC Great Group MD-PhD Section.

The College of Medicine’s MD/PhD program, typically completed in eight years, prepares students for a successful career in medical research, academic medicine or a related field. It is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, awarded to the top MD/PhD programs in the country who train medical scientists interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research and academic medicine. The College of Medicine also provides support to ensure ongoing and future success of the program.

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