Second cohort of University Park Regional Medical Campus students set to begin

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Seven new, third-year Penn State medical students will join the University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine this summer, beginning with orientation June 28 at Mount Nittany Medical Center. These students will work with Penn State Hershey faculty in State College, Mount Nittany Physician Group and other community providers in a variety of specialties. Core clinical rotations for the students include family medicine, primary care, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, OB/GYN, pediatrics and surgery.

The first group of Penn State College of Medicine students at the University Park Regional Campus, considered the “pioneers” of a new era for the College of Medicine, are now entering their fourth year of medical school. These 13 students will become more involved in electives and acting internships in State College, across the region and around the globe, in preparation for residency after graduation in May 2014. Three of these students will be in Africa this summer, involved in medical mission trips through Penn State’s Global Health Scholars Program.

“We are very pleased with the wonderful progress our first group of medical students has made since they arrived last summer,” said Denise Rill, M.Ed., curriculum operations manager, University Park Regional Campus. “Each student has made great strides as clinicians, working directly with patients, showing empathy and respect. It has been amazing watching them grow in medical knowledge and developing more and more confidence as members of the medical profession.”

“They are truly an exceptional group who have provided helpful feedback to make the experience for future students even better than their own,” said Dr. E. Eugene Marsh, senior associate dean, University Park Regional Campus. "In March 2014, they will find out where they will be going for their residency training. They have a wide variety of clinical interests."

Bringing medical students to State College is part of the mission of the University Park Regional Campus to create an educational environment to train the next generation of health care providers and improve access to patient-centered, high-quality, cost-effective health care for local residents.

The regional campus will eventually have up to 48 College of Medicine students, some of whom may select to enroll in dual-degree programs through Smeal College of Business and other disciplines.

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Last Updated June 21, 2013