Match Day came and went this past week for Penn’s medical students. What’s that, you ask? Why, it’s the day a big, scary computer decides the fate of med school students by announcing where they’ll be spending their residencies! It’s kinda like the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter, but hard and metal and bleeps and bloops instead of talking. Ah, to be a med student! One editor described Match Day as a drunken “bid day for med school.” Here’s what to look forward to, premeds!
Earlier this week, Penn Medicine announced the formation of the Penn Hand Transplant Program, which is exactly what it sounds like. This is exciting news because it means that Penn is one of the very few places worldwide where hand transplants will be available.
The procedure is super controversial– read after the jump to find out why!
We’ve been getting word throughout the day that there was a bout of violence in Huntsman Hall earlier today. Anyway, the DP now has the story.
Basically, here’s what went down: a woman who is being described as “mentally unstable,” ran into Huntsman and attacked AlliedBarton security officers. The woman was arrested, and witnesses say she was lying in a six inch wide pool of blood when Penn Police showed up. She and one of the officers were taken to HUP with minor injuries.
The investigation is ongoing, so deets are on the way.
Watch out, there’s a new Gia in town! Foobooz reports that yet another outpost of Gia Pronto is set to open next week by HUP (at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine on 34th and Civic Center Boulvard, to be exact).
Though we rarely like to head down in that direction (except for that 9 a.m. Anthropology recitation in the Penn Museum, which we’re still angry about), you can now get your Gia fix after, say, an inopportune HUP visit?
Maybe I’m delusional (or just burdened with an overprotective mother), but I’ve always been under the impression that everyone gets vaccinated. This isn’t 1950; there’s a reason why no one gets the mumps anymore. Which is why you can imagine my surprise when I saw “Baby Be Wise, Immunize,” a video encouraging Penn’s community to get the flu shot.
The video features HUP nurses and doctors snapping, swaying, and crooning fabulous pro-flu-shot lines like “Oh baby baby oh baby, it’s time for each of us to step up and let the world know – it starts with me and you, our fight against the flu.”
That being said, the video is awesome. Maybe my sarcasm-detecting gene is flipped, but I was cracking up the entire time, ferociously texting friends in an attempt to figure out if the video was supposed to be ironic or not. Turns out, we’re pretty sure it’s serious. I almost don’t want to get a flu shot just so that they will make “Baby Be Wise, You Still Have Yet To Immunize.” Watch the clip for yourself, below:
(For the record, it’s not that so many doctors at HUP are suspiciously good singers. According to the DP, the medical staff lip synch to the voices of PennYo, a Chinese a capella group on campus.)