March 19, 2009
CONTACT: Kim Guenther
| Make Me a Match: Penn Medicine Graduating Seniors Find Out Residency “Match”
Leaders in Rural, Underserved, and Global Healthcare Ready for Next Step in Medical Training
PHILADELPHIA – Within the crowd of 144 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine medical students, spouses, and children eager to learn where they have been accepted for their residency program on Match Day, the next generation of medical leaders is already emerging.
Keira Alexis Cohen leads efforts to support underserved and vulnerable populations in Philadelphia and abroad. She has coordinated the University City Hospitality Coalition Medical Clinic – a weekly student-run clinic for homeless and low-income individuals in West Philadelphia – and identified unmet health needs of impoverished adolescents and women in Lima, Peru. Fluent in Spanish, she manages Language Link, a program that trains students as medical interpreters and provides volunteer interpretation services for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Whether providing emergency medical care and fighting fires in the northern Rockies or serving as a certified medical interpreter in the HUP Emergency Department, Adam David Robertson Rowh goes where help is needed. The National Institutes of Health has supported his research on predictors of antiretroviral failure in Botswana, and he received a Penn Global Health award for his research on parasitic illnesses in Peru.
Jaehyun “ Jimmy” Byun is advancing medical care in rural communities. With a master’s degree in Applied Plant Sciences and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, he identified housing issues for Minnesota migrant farm workers, trained rural healthcare providers in emergency medicine care, and cared for immigrants and refugees in Houston. As coordinator of the Guatemala Health Initiative, he produced health education videos in the indigenous Tz’utujil Maya language and studied the effects of indoor wood stove use on respiratory health for patients at Hospitalito Atitlán.
Upon entering the auditorium, each of the 144 graduating (May) medical students participating in the National Residency Matching Program will honor Penn Medicine tradition by dropping a dollar bill into a fishbowl, as compensation for any anxiety caused by being the last person to receive the envelope with their results.
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Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.