Pennsylvania State College of Medicine welcomed its new class of medical students July 12-16 with a week-long orientation. The event was a hybrid with in-person and virtual instruction and activities. This is the first time in two years that students have been able to meet in person for orientation activities.
“I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the faculty who participated in the admissions process and helped build an exceptional class. Having the students here in person is an important first step in involving them in the program and the school as a community, ”said Dwight Davis, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs. “We are proud to welcome students from diverse backgrounds and institutions, including those who identify with male, female and non-binary.”
The class consists of 152 freshmen, including 12 who will participate in the University Park program and 140 who will study at the Hershey campus. The College of Medicine selected students from 8,815 applicants. Students come from 19 states and 77 different colleges and universities. They have participated in basic science and clinical research, served in over 125 service organizations and speak 28 languages.
Among them is Madison Heebner, who holds an undergraduate degree in German from the University of Pittsburgh and is entering the University Park program. Originally from Dillsburg, Heebner chose the College of Medicine because it thrives “in small, collaborative communities where everyone works together, which sparked my interest in University Park.”
“There is no other field that so succinctly combines science, service, leadership opportunities and a commitment to lifelong learning and discovery, both scientific and interpersonal,” said she declared.
Other students chose the College of Medicine largely because of its curriculum approach, as well as its connection to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
“I chose to go to Penn State College of Medicine because of its close integration with a world-class teaching hospital and the small-group, problem-based learning style that the school promotes,” said Matthew Kraus of Warminster, Pa., A student with an undergraduate degree from DeSales University who will study on the Hershey campus. “The unique integration of medical humanities gives me confidence that I will learn to become a comprehensive physician. Hershey is also a great place to relax and explore some of my outdoor interests like running and biking!
“I want to become a doctor so that I can bring compassion and hope to those who need it most,” Kraus added. “Being able to treat and improve patient outcomes during their most vulnerable times is a challenge that I do not take lightly, and will keep in mind throughout my training.”