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

Exploring HSR: SUMR 15 at The NRSA Research Trainees Conference

Jun. 14, 2015
[Click images for larger] Rick Kronick , PhD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), (above, left) opens the 21st Annual NRSA Research Trainees Conference in the Minneapolis Conference Center. Long associated with AcademyHealth, the country's largest professional organization of health services researchers, NRSA holds its day-long conference at the annual AcademyHealth Research Meeting . NRSA (National Research Service Awards) grants provide research funding for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows in the health services research field...

SUMR15 Heads to Minneapolis for AcademyHealth Conference

Jun. 13, 2015
[Click images for larger] An important part of immersing Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars in the work of the health services research community is a trip to the annual 3-day AcademyHealth Research Meeting that brings together 3,000 researchers from across the country. Waiting to board their Minneapolis-bound Delta flight at Philadelphia International Airport (above, left) are SUMR scholars John Gehlback of Penn, Kelly McClure of Cornell and Adjoa Mante of Princeton. Also packed and ready are (above, right) SUMR scholars Omar Mansour of Macalester College, Mei-Lynn Hua of...

Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at Minneapolis AcademyHealth Research Meeting

Jun. 13, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (JUNE 13, 2015) -- Eighteen University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars arrived at the 2015 AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) here this morning to continue their summer-long integration into the health services research community. The three-month long LDI SUMR program is aimed at undergraduates who are interested in exploring potential careers in the field of health services research. It pairs each undergraduate with a Penn faculty member in a research project. One purpose of the 15-year-old...

SUMR15 Bus Tour of Philadelphia

Jun. 10, 2015
[Click image for larger] Twenty-two members of Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program and the Wharton School's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) piled into a open-topped bus to tour some of Philadelphia's most important cultural sites. [Click images for larger] The day began with an introduction to the joys of Philadelphia's subterranean transportation system. The group was whisked by subway from a Penn campus SEPTA station to the center of the oldest part of the City where they boarded the tour bus. Roaming...

SUMR 15 at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Jun. 5, 2015
[Click image for larger] For its first 2015 cultural and recreational outing, Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program joined with the Wharton School's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) for a Saturday visit to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) at 10th and South Street. [Click images for larger] The outsider art site covers the footprint of what was formerly three row homes with a multi-level labyrinth whose every inch of surface is covered with mosaics of art and found objects. Above, left, is one of the site's...

SUMR 15 Kickoff and Talent Show

Jun. 2, 2015
[Click image for larger] The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) class of 2015 kicked off its first week of orientation. After several days of lectures on subjects ranging from health economics and clinical epidemiology to accountable care organizations and health disparities, the 18 scholars took a break for the annual SUMR Talent Show where each is asked to perform a skill or talent as shown below. [Click images for larger] SUMR Scholar Jerome Watts (above, left) of Haverford College began playing on a basketball team in 4th grade and...

Photo Page: SUMR Scholars and Their Faculty Mentors

Sep. 10, 2014
Photography by Hoag Levins LDI's 2014 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program ended with a three-day late August seminar in which each young scholar gave a presentation on the research work he or she was involved in with a Penn mentor. Held in LDI's auditorium, the seminar sessions were attended by Penn faculty members, the mentors, and family members of the scholars. These are photos of those scholars and their mentors and mentoring team members. > Click images for larger Orthopaedic Surgery and Global Health: Penn in Tanzania SUMR scholar Alyssa Hester of the University of...

SUMR 14 at The Mutter Museum: A Photo Page

Aug. 27, 2014
Published with permission of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia [Click image for 8x10 high-res version] For the third year, the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) has joined with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (CPP) to hold a one-day forum that brings together health-care minority research students from both institutions to discuss similar academic interests. LDI's university-level students are the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars ; CPP's are the high school-level Karabots Junior Fellows who also spend the...