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.

Penn's 2015 SUMR Program Networks With Karabots Junior Fellows

Sep. 3, 2015
The seven-year-old " Karabots Junior Fellows " curriculum at the College of Physicians of Philadelpha is a three-year program designed to help a select cohort of local high-school students from underrepresented communities prepare for health care careers. In many ways, its ultimate goal is similar to the University of Pennsylvania's Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program's of directly engaging students in the working realities of health care. Each year, both groups spend a day together exploring the College of Physicians' famed Mütter Museum and discussing common academic...

SUMR 15 Scholars and Their Faculty Mentors

Aug. 31, 2015
A key benefit of the annual Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program is the pairing of each scholar with a university faculty mentor involved in ongoing health services research projects. Along with the hands-on research opportunity, the arrangement also provides the student with an intimate, real-world experience of daily life in an academic community of research scholars and their teams. The 2015 program ended in the traditional three days of seminar presentations by each of the SUMR scholars, some of whom worked on two research projects during the three-month program. Below...

SUMR Scholars 15: Final Class Photo

Aug. 24, 2015
(Aug. 12-14, 2015) -- The cohort of Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Scholars (SUMR) ended their three month experience in health services research with a three-day seminar at which each scholar presented the results of their research projects. These ranged from "Identifying the Risk of Acquiring a Respiratory Infection in Pediatric Outpatient Settings" and "Handoffs and Traditions in Critical Care," to "Genetic Testing and Medical Care Use in Cancer" to "Using Community Health Mapping to Promote Cognitive Health" (Also see photo page of scholars and their mentors). After the final...

SUMR 2015 - A Life Changing Experience

Aug. 19, 2015
The experiences I have had this summer through LDI’s SUMR Program are priceless. I had the opportunity to work and network with amazing individuals who are experts in their fields. These individuals can, and will, make an impact on our society through their research and work. [content_elements:element:0]Although it was difficult to leave home and set up my life across the country, Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania quickly became another home to me. In this new environment, I found the career path that I want to follow, one that I am both passionate and excited about. I now know...

SUMR Meets Genghis Khan (at The Franklin Institute)

Aug. 9, 2015
[Click images for larger] A small contingent of Penn/LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Scholars took a weekend excursion to the Franklin Institute to experience the Genghis Khan exhibit. Now on national tour, it is the first exhibit to extensively tell the story of the 13th-century Mongol conquerer who created the largest contiguous empire in human history. On the trip (and shown in the Franklin Institute's main atrium) were Omar Mansour of Macalester College; Mei-Lynn Hua of the University of Texas at Austin; Megan Pellegrino, LDI Multimedia Manager; Kelly McClure of Cornell...

SUMR Break on The Beach and Water at the Jersey Shore

Aug. 6, 2015
[Click images for larger] For the 10th year, the University of Pennsylvania's annual cohort of Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a day unwinding in Margate at the New Jersey shore. Located just south of Atlantic City, Margate is famed for its beaches (above, left). The day's host, Wharton Professor Emeritus Arnold Rosoff , has a house there with a dock that pushes out into the bay (above, right). Along with a garage full of bicycles for whoever felt like riding them, Rosoff's collection of various water craft -- a cabin cruiser, motor boat, sailfish sail boat and a...

Sí Se Puede: Why Diversity Matters

Aug. 4, 2015
As part of the highly competitive Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program I attend various seminars throughout the school year. One of the recent topics was on the importance of increasing diversity in the sciences. I remember our program director saying, “Look around you guys, this will probably be one the most diverse groups you will be in from now on. Don’t be surprised on your first day of graduate school when everybody in your labs, professors, and mentors don’t look like you.” He told us stories, including a former MARC scholar’s experience of being stopped by security, on...

A SUMR Day at Penn's Tree Museum

Aug. 3, 2015
[Click images for larger] LDI's Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars took a weekend tour of the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum, a public garden sprawling across 92 sumptuously landscaped acres in the northwest corner of Philadelphia. Created as a Victorian estate and horticultural science center in the 1880s, the site is studded with things like imported asian forests, swan ponds, hand-carved marble gazebos (above, left) and a rose garden nearly as large as a football field (above, right). One of the Arboretum's most unusual modern additions is 50-foot high...

Visions of The Future of Health Care

Jul. 17, 2015
The AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, which I recently attended in Minneapolis, Minnesota, represents the largest gathering of health services researchers in the country. It presents the opportunity for clinicians, researchers, and students to convene and share cutting-edge knowledge on health services research. Of the plethora of topics covered at the conference two stood out to me: the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health care costs, and the use of information technology (IT) and Big Data in the future of the U.S. health care system. [content_elements:element:0]The ACA...

Learning from the ‘Big Kids’ in the Playground at AcademyHealth

Jul. 15, 2015
My experience at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research meeting was notable for two reasons: who I met and what I heard. First, I visited almost every college table that had a PhD program in Health Policy, Epidemiology, or Health Economics. The representatives at each table gave me guidance about how I should pursue my undergrad career if I were to apply to a PhD program. I would not have been able to access this kind of advice easily through my university advisor. [content_elements:element:0]A highlight was interacting with PhD students from my university, Emory. There is something to be said about...

The Impact of Behavioral Economics on Health

Jul. 7, 2015
At the annual AcademyHealth Research Meeting in Minneapolis, I was exposed to cutting-edge research in behavioral economics. I attended the session “Behavioral Economics and Health,” with Dr. Kevin Volpp, director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, as the chair. [content_elements:element:0]The basis of behavioral economics is rooted in the fact that 1/3 of all deaths in the United States are from “modifiable behaviors,” or behaviors that can, with substantial effort, be changed. You can read more about Dr. Volpp and the work done at...

Social Policies May be Key to Improving Health Outcomes

Jun. 30, 2015
What if the biggest impact that we can have on health is not through health care reform? Recent evidence from the Yale School of Public Health has shown that countries that have higher ratios of social service-to-health care spending have better health outcomes as measured by life expectancy, infant mortality, potential years of life lost and other indicators of population health. [content_elements:element:0]The idea that social factors are at the core of the health of populations is not a new one. Previous research has estimated that mortality attributable to social factors such as poverty,...

The Politics of Health

Jun. 26, 2015
One of the most remarkable events during the AcademyHealth annual research conference happened outside the four walls of the Minneapolis Convention Center. On June 16, 2015, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee posted a bill proposing the elimination of funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). As I had just learned at the AHRQ conference , the agency funds the health services research of PhD students and doctors across the nation. Just as thousands of researchers came together in Minneapolis to discuss...

Rubbing Elbows With America's Top Health Services Researchers

Jun. 16, 2015
[Click images for larger] The annual AcademyHealth Research Meeting offers Penn's Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Scholars a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with top experts from the national health care services and policy research community. At the Sunday Lunch Plenary in the Minneapolis Convention Center, 18 SUMR Scholars filled two tables (above, left). Left to right are Kelly McClure of Cornell University; Enrique Torres Hernandez of St. Mary's University; Omar Mansour of Macalester College; Mei-Lynn Hua of the University of Texas at Austin; Yasmeen Wermers of Emory...

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