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AUGUST 15 , 2008
  Incoming Class of University of Pennsylvania Medical Students Receive White Coats to Mark Start of Medical Careers
  Woman Who Spearheaded Effort to Provide Power and Water to Gambian HospitalJoins Entering Class of 2008

PHILADELPHIA – Upset and inspired by a firsthand look at medical care delivered without electricity and running water, Kathryn Cunningham Hall started Power Up Gambia! and has raised $300,000 to install solar panels that will provide clean water and constant electricity to a hospital in West Africa’s Gambia. She is one of the 155 individuals in the School of Medicine’s new class of 2008 who share a passion for driving change and progress in the medical community. Representing 30 states and 61 colleges from around the country, these students will officially start their medical careers today, as they receive their white coats and recite the Hippocratic Oath in front of family and friends.


Zellerbach Theatre [directions and map]
Annenberg Center
University of Pennsylvania
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Friday, August 15, 2008
3 - 5 PM


  • Kathryn Cunningham Hall, Founder and Honorary Chair of Power Up Gambia!, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Entering Class of 2008
  • Keynote Address, Professionalism: An Imperative for Medical Practice, presented by Henry W. Foster, MD, Professor Emeritus and former Dean at Meharry Medical College and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • On Being a Doctor, presented by Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine
  • White coats presented by Gail Morrison, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs and Stanley Goldfarb, MD, Associate Dean for Curriculum



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