Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Update

Greetings from 2015 Class President Andrew Jen

Class of 2015 President Andrew Jen

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As third year draws to a close and fourth year rapidly approaches with new opportunities, the Class of 2015 finds itself with a lot to ponder.  The future is inevitable, and with it, uncertainty.  We find ourselves examining our career decisions, scrambling to finish necessary paperwork for residency applications, fretting over student loan debt, and wondering if we've made the right choices along our four-year journey together.

As these concerns weigh heavily on our minds, we look to our families, friends, trusted mentors, venerable professors, and those who came before us for inspiration and guidance.  We look to you because you have the experience we so desperately seek in these uncertain times. 

Much is in flux at Penn State College of Medicine.  Over the last few years, drastic changes have been made to curriculum structure, the newest of which are being tested by the rising MS2 and MS3 classes.  Last year saw the advent of our campus Societies and the Wellness Program, both geared towards creating greater integration, camaraderie, and wellbeing between and among medical school classes.  And just this year, a new physician's assistant training program was established, bringing with it 30 promising new students to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Much uncertainty lies in the future as well.  Penn State Hershey recently announced its intention to partner with PinnacleHealth System, and we are hopeful that this venture will bring new opportunities for both systems as we continue to expand the scope and quality of our patient-centered care.  We cannot see the future, but with the guidance of those who have lived the past, success is surely achievable.

On behalf of my classmates, thank you for helping to shape our medical education by continuing to engage and stay informed about the College of Medicine. We greatly appreciate your support as we work to follow in your footsteps.

Andrew Jen, MS4
President, Class of 2015