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APRIL 11, 2006
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  From the Classroom to the Court: Penn Medical Students to Hoop-It-Up Against Faculty in Annual Basketball Game
WHAT: The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Student versus Faculty Basketball Game
WHO: 22 key Penn Medicine faculty and administrators—including Ralph Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Dr. Daniel Rader, Director of the General Clinical Research Center; Dr. Mitchell Lazar, Division Chief of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism; and Dr. Howard Ross, Colorectal Surgeon -- will take on 24 medical students, led by Matt Mahlberg, team captain and fourth year med student.
WHEN: 6 pm tip-off, Thursday, April 20th
WHERE: University of Pennsylvania’s Hutchinson Gymnasium - Located on 33rd Street between Spruce & Walnut

Will youth be served? Do the brains have the brawn? Which skills, hoops or health, will be most needed from the participating Emergency Department players? These are just a few of the questions the faculty and administrators will have to consider while preparing for their annual round-ball contest against a team of medical school students. Led by the School of Medicine’s basketball coordinator Matt Mahlberg, the student teams rotation will correspond to what year they are in med school. First year students will play the first quarter, second year students get the second quarter and so on.

“The faculty hasn’t won since I have been here,” Mahlberg said. “I wouldn’t call it an annual drubbing of the faculty, but the students have certainly been on a roll.” “Although youth has prevailed in the recent years some of these old dogs just might have some new tricks this time around,” countered Muller.

To keep things fair, there will be two referees. Associate Dean of Student Affairs and part-time recreation league referee, Jon Morris, MD will be on hand, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology Administrative Services Coordinator Allison Simpson, BS, an official part-time Division II/III college referee.


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