Education

The form and manner in which health professionals are educated and trained to develop the necessary competencies to serve the needs of the population.

Photo Page: 2018 SUMR Tour of Philadelphia's Crescenz VA Medical Center

Jun. 19, 2018
Photo montage: Hoag Levins As part of the LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program, this year's scholars toured the Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located directly next to the University of Pennsylvania campus. Sponsored by LDI and the Wharton School Health Care Management Department, the three-month long SUMR program is aimed at underrepresented minority undergraduates and others interested in exploring potential careers in the field of health services research (HSR). The visit was designed to familiarize the scholars with the extensive HSR programs that are a...

Photo Page: LDI 2018 SUMR Bus Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia

Jun. 14, 2018
Goofing for the camera as they wait their turn for a photo op at the Philadelphia Art Museum's Rocky Statue are SUMR Scholars William Jackson and Nahnsan Guseh . They were on a bus tour of Philadelphia cultural and historic attractions with a contingent of other scholars from the University of Pennsylvania's Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program. Sponsored by LDI and the Wharton School Health Care Management Department, the three-month long SUMR program is aimed at underrepresented minority undergraduates and others interested in exploring potential careers in the field of...

Photo Page: LDI SUMR Scholars' Schuylkill River Rowing Race

Jun. 7, 2018
Pushing off from Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River in nine-seat racing shells (above), two dozen University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars became the first to row their way into the summer-long health services research training program started 19 years ago by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). Designed as an icebreaker and bonding experience, the waterborne adventure called "Team Champion" was managed by Team Concepts, Inc., an executive leadership and team building development firm headed by former Olympic oarsman and World...

SUMR 2018's Upcoming Schuylkill River Rowing Challenge

May. 23, 2018
[content_elements:element:0] T he University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) will kick off the 19th year of its Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program with a "Rowing on the Schuylkill" challenge on May 29th at Philadelphia's historic Boathouse Row. The 23 new scholars from 17 different universities and colleges will be the first SUMR cohort to row its way into the three-month program. "We try to begin each new SUMR program with an icebreaking and team-building event that also enables the scholars to experience some unique aspect of...

Moving Beyond Duty-Hours

Apr. 2, 2018

If you want to start an intense debate within the medical community, just talk about duty-hours – the length of a physician-in-training’s shift.

Distribution of Medical Education Debt by Specialty, 2010-2016

Sep. 22, 2017

Justin Grischkan, Benjamin P. George, Krisda Chaiyachati, Ari B. Freidman, E. Ray Dorsey, David A. Asch

In JAMA Internal Medicine, Justin Grischkan and colleagues, including Krisda Chaiyachati and David A. Asch, analyze trends in the distribution of medical education debt. The increasing amount of graduate medical education debt is well known, yet a quieter upward trend in the number of graduates without debt also persists in the data.

The authors analyzed figures of self-reported debt from the 2010-2016 Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire. They find that the mean amount of debt increased from $161,739 in 2010 to $179,068 in 2016, and that the...

Penn SUMR Scholars and Karabots Junior Fellows Collaborate at College of Physicians

Aug. 29, 2017
Each year, the University of Pennsylvania's LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Karabots Junior Fellows meet for a day to discuss issues and potential careers in health care. The SUMR students are college undergrads and the Karabots students are high school students from underrepresented communities. The programs of both groups immerse them in health care-related experiences and curricula aimed at preparing them for further studies in the field. The College also houses the internationally famed Mütter Museum...

Penn's 2017 SUMR Scholars Tour The Morris Arboretum

Jul. 28, 2017
Photos: Hoag Levins The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR) scholars took a break from their mentored research projects for a Sunday tour of the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum . Located in Chestnut Hill in the far northwest corner of Philadelphia, the facility is a public garden sprawling across 92 sumptuously landscaped and heavily forested acres. Created as a Victorian estate and horticultural science center in the 1880s, it features imported asian forests, a swan pond, ornate fountains and thousands of botanical...

Penn's 2017 SUMR Scholars Take a Beach Break

Jul. 19, 2017
Photos: Hoag Levins In a break from their on-campus studies, the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a gorgeously sunny day together in Margate on the Atlantic Ocean. Margate is one of New Jersey's most popular shore towns and has a unique 136-year-old, six-story high elephant standing sentry at its beach entrance. Continuing an annual traditional, the day's host was Penn Wharton School Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Health Care Management, Arnold (Skip) Rosoff . (Above, left) His...

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