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

SUMR 16 At College of Physicians and Mutter Museum

Aug. 29, 2016
Each year, the University of Pennsylvania's LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars and the College of Physicians of Philadephia's Karabots Junior Fellows meet for a day to discuss 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. Here in the College of Physicians conference room are (l to r) Karabots Junior Fellow...

Pennsylvania Launches its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Aug. 25, 2016

Prescribers are drawing a lot of attention as a key target of initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. This week, the US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, took the unprecedented step of sending 2.3 million clinicians a letter calling for a national movement to turn the tide on the opioid crisis.

SUMR 16 Visits Historic Franklin Square

Aug. 20, 2016
In one of the last weekend excursions of the University of Pennsylvania's 2016 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research program (SUMR), a contingent of scholars paid a visit to Philadelphia's historic Franklin Square. Now named for Benjamin Franklin, the square was actually one of the original green areas laid out by William Penn who founded the city in the 1680s. Located at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge that spans the Delaware River, the park is a popular recreation area that includes playgrounds, an old-time merry-go-round and center city's only miniature golf course. The centerpiece of...

Penn's 2016 Summer Undergrad Scholars Hit The Beach

Jul. 26, 2016
For the eleventh year, the University of Pennsylvania's annual cohort of LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a day together in Margate at the New Jersey shore. They were also joined by scholars from the Wharton School's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) . Above, in front of Margate's world famous elephant-shaped building are some of the participants (inset, l to r): SPUR scholars Mohammed Malik and Elliot Oblander ; SUMR scholar Nada Boualam , SPUR scholar WenTao Zhang ; SUMR scholar Carlos Carmona ; and SUMR scholar Ian Jeong . All are Penn...

Chart of the Day: Medical Debtor Nation

Jul. 22, 2016

This chart on the educational debt level of medical school graduates was tucked away in supplementary material for an excellent article by Ari Friedman and colleagues in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on loan forgiveness programs:

SUMR 16 Bus Trip Around Historic Philadelphia

Jun. 21, 2016
Along with attending lectures by top academic scientists and working on real health services research projects for three months, scholars in the University of Pennsylvania's Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program also enjoy trips to local cultural and historical sites. The outings are designed to foster collegial comaraderie and the sort of bonding that creates useful career-long relationships. The first trip of the 2016 SUMR program was a bus tour and visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (above) and included both SUMR scholars and scholars from the Wharton Summer Program...

The 2016 SUMR Orientation and Talent Show

Jun. 12, 2016
At the end of its opening week of orientation, Penn's 2016 class of Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars got to interact with a panel of former SUMR scholars and current PhD students (above). Those program veterans -- (r to l) John Gehlbach, Penn pre-dental undergraduate; Penn PhD student Amy Bond; Harvard post-doc-bound Penn graduate Julius Chen; Penn PhD student Vicky Chen; and Urban Institute staffer Siya Ndwandwe -- offered tips about the SUMR experience and potential career moves. Lighting up the day's activities was the separate annual SUMR talent show -- an ice-...

Educating Health Professionals on Social Determinants of Health

Apr. 6, 2016

Health professionals are ill-prepared to address social factors that contribute to poor health, because these factors often lie beyond the scope of medical education. But just as addressing social determinants of health (SDH) involves stretching beyond traditional medical practices, educating health professionals involves stretching beyond traditional medical education.

Effect of Attending Practice Style on Generic Medication Prescribing by Residents in the Clinic Setting: An Observational Study

Sep. 17, 2015

Kira L. Ryskina, C. Jessica Dine, Esther J. Kim, Tara F. Bishop, Andrew J. Epstein

In the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Kira Ryskina and colleagues, including Jessica Dine and Andrew Epstein, assess whether the prescribing practices of attending physicians influence residents’ likelihood to prescribe brand-name medications. The authors assessed the effect of the supervising attending’s rate of brand-name prescribing in the preceding quarter on the likelihood of a resident prescribing a brand-name statin. After adjusting for patient-, physician-, and practice-level factors, the supervising attending’s brand-name prescribing rate in the quarter preceding...