April 13, 2007

CONTACT: Rick Cushman
(215) 349-5659
rick.cushman@uphs.upenn.edu


From the Classroom to the Court
Penn Medical Students to Hoop-It-Up Against Faculty in Annual Basketball Game

(PHILADELPHIA) — Will youth be served? Do the brains have the brawn? These are just a couple 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 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s basketball coordinator Mike Rabinowitz, the student team’s 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 in at least the last four years,” Rabinowitz said. “I wouldn’t call it an annual drubbing, but the students have certainly been on a roll.”

That roll continued last year as the students powered past their mentors 46-34, despite a game high 16 points by the pride of the Penn Sports Medicine Center, David Webner, MD.

“We have a comprehensive plan to slow down the game so our heft and superior guile win the day,” a confident Ralph Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, declared.

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.

WHAT:

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Student versus Faculty Basketball Game

WHO:

Twenty-three key Penn Medicine faculty and administrators—including Ralph Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Dr. Craig Thompson, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, Chair of the Department of Cancer Biology; Dr. Bill Greeley, Chair of Anesthesia at CHOP, and Dr. David Webner, Family Medicine -- will take on 24 medical students, led by Mike Rabinowitz, team captain and fourth year med student.

WHEN:

Friday, April 20th
6 pm tip-off

WHERE:

University of Pennsylvania
Hutchinson Gymnasium [map]
Located next to the Palestra, off of 33rd Street
220 South 32nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

 

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PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 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 includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/apr07/faculty-student-basketball.html