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The IMPaCT Program: Reshaping Patient Care in Philadelphia

Penn Medicine is reaching beyond the hospital walls and into the community through the IMPaCT program, directed by Dr. Shreya Kangovi. The IMPaCT program is geared toward low income patients and includes two programs, one for primary care outpatients and one guiding hospitalized inpatients through the transition from hospital to home.

Community health workers are a critical aspect of this initiative. Watch NBC10's coverage of their dedication to reshaping patient care in West Philadelphia by providing support and advocacy to those in need.

NBC10 Coverage of the IMPaCT Program

Penn Researchers Have Received a Five-Year, $7.5 Million Grant

University of Pennsylvania researchers have received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to create the Penn Center for Innovation in Personalized Breast Cancer Screening (PCIPS), dedicated to studying emerging methods of breast cancer detection. The NCI funding will allow the team, chief of the division of Internal Medicine and associate director of Outcomes and Delivery in the Abramson Cancer Center, and Mitchell Schnall, Matthew J. Wilson Professor of Radiology, to use clinical, genomic and imaging information to guide the use of novel, personalized breast cancer screening strategies that will reduce false positive rates to improve outcomes. The research, which also involves researchers from medical oncology, psychiatry, and colleagues in the Annenberg School for Communication and the Wharton School, will be conducted through August 2016.

PCIPS research is three-fold. First, they will aim to improve breast cancer screening by creating a new "breast complexity index" to predict individual screening outcomes. Second, the team will also compare the effectiveness of new imaging technology, including digital breast tomosynthesis compared to conventional mammography. Third, they will create new strategies for communicating individual estimates of benefit and risk of alternative screening methods to better inform patients and health care providers. Along with these three projects, the Center will study outcome data of a diverse group of 74,000 women who undergo breast cancer screening at six sites in Penn Medicine's integrated health network. The center will use resources in breast imaging, primary care, communication, computer science, biostatistics, health services research, bioinformatics, medical oncology, cancer genetics and clinical leadership to advance the breast cancer screening process and encourage collaboration through NCI's Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR) network.

Judy A. Shea, PhD, Honored with Two Awards

Judy A. Shea, PhD

May 2011 – Judy A. Shea, PhD, associate dean of Medical Education Research, was honored with two awards of excellence.

The first is the 2011 Career Achievement in Medical Education Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. The award recognizes medical educators whose lifetime contributions have had a profound impact on medical education. Shea's work at the School of Medicine in medical education program evaluation, measurement, and instrument development have advanced many areas of medical education.

Shea also received this year's John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for her sustained contributions to advancing methodology of evaluation in medicine. Her work, according to the award committee, has had "substantial impact on medical education processes and in multiple organizations."