Welcome to the Penn State Hershey Center for Primary Care

The Penn State Center for Primary Care is a multidisciplinary group of faculty members and staff committed to creating collaborative solutions to academic and community-based education, health professions development and local health needs of the Commonwealth and nation by mobilizing academic resources of the institution to:

  • Enhance the integrity of primary care as an academic discipline. Creation of an environment that integrates primary care faculty members into the academic culture of the organization.
  • Support of a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates community-based experiences.
  • Improve the recruitment, distribution, and retention of needed health care providers.
  • Promote research that enhances community health.
  • Support cooperative efforts between agriculture and medical sciences to address special health issues of rural populations.
  • Provide an environment that cultivates interest and excellence in primary care and community-based medicine.

The University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine is a collaborative effort between Penn State Hershey, Mount Nittany Health and other local State College providers. The regional medical campus offers a wide spectrum of medical education opportunities, including clerkships, electives and acting internships for third and fourth year Penn State medical students; fellowship programs; dual-degree programs; research collaboration; and a future family medicine residency program.  Learn more about our University Park Regional Campus.

Three Ph.D. students receive prestigious award

Three College of Medicine Ph.D. students–Fengyang "Dylan" Lei, Theresa D. Carr, and Wint Nandar–were among thirteen recipients of the 2013 Penn State Graduate School Alumni Association Dissertation Award across the University. This award provides recognition and funding to outstanding doctoral students. It is one of the most prestigious available to graduate students at Penn State and "recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment."

"Development of a T cell-based cancer immunotherapy by using the induced pluripotent stem cell" is the title of the winning dissertation by Lei, a microbiology and immunology student. His thesis advisor is Jianxun "Jim" Song, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology.

Physiology student Carr's dissertation was titled "The role of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in skin epithelial carcinogensis." Her advisor is Lisa Shantz, associate professor of cellular and molecular physiology.

Nandar's winning dissertation was titled "Modeling the impact of H63D HFE polymorphisms on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)." She is a neuroscience student, and her advisor is Jim Connor, distinguished professor of neurosurgery.

Each winning student received a $5,000 award and was recognized at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Spring Social and Recognition Program. Funds for these awards were made possible by a gift from the Penn State Alumni Association.