…and the Med School wins again! The Philadelphia Business Journal announced today that The Perelman School of Medicine will receive $2.5 million over the next five years to fund the study of lung repair and tissue regeneration. Surprisingly, this gift is only 1.1% of the most recent large contribution to the school, but even the smallest of multi-million dollar gifts helps in the school’s focus on chromatin remodeling factors and microRNA pathways (what?). Keep up the good work, Perelman School!
US News reports this morning on the
unimportance of an appropriate online presence when applying to medical school. Although the article warns against having any incriminating information on the web, only around 10% of medical schools currently use Facebook to check their applicants’ reputations. Gaye Sheffler, director of admissions at the med school, says there just isn’t enough time to catch up on the social lives of applicants. With more than 5900 applicants in recent years, that is a lot of Facebook stalking.
So rest easy Penn Med hopefuls. There’s no need for you to detag pictures of your cRaZy MCAT study session nor delete that status about getting tattoos with your lab group.
It started out with a sorta weird photo being sent to our tips line. Some crazy dude was running down the street Friday night with a deer head. While we thought this was kind of odd, we chalked it up to the stuff that goes down at night and went about our business. But then, we learned there was more to the story. And it was sinister.
Sometimes us undergrads forget about all of the impressive post-grad stuff Penn’s involved with. For example, despite our horrific student health experiences (“Are you sure you’re not pregnant?” “I just told you my throat feels scratchy!”), Penn has an impressive health care system, no doubt due to their sick med school.
So we were weirded out to stumble upon the Medical Animation Library on the Penn Health site. You click on any number of bodily functions (snoring!), health ailments (gout!), or surgical procedures (breast lifts!) and are routed to an animated video on the topic. We guess this is supposed to inform patients and maybe keep down patient flow, a la Web MD? (By the way, the videos are seemingly lifted from A.D.A.M. The Inside Story, the awesome computer game our doctor aunt got for us before she realized science wasn’t our thing.)