Sunday, June 9, 2019

Students participate in Penn State College of Medicine's Primary Care Scholars Program

Kayla Sompel, Kyle Mausteller, and Kaitlyn Gwozdecki
Pre-medical science majors Kayla Sompel, Kyle Mausteller, and Kaitlyn Gwozdecki were selected to participate in the Primary Care Scholars Program at the Penn State College of Medicine. They had the opportunity to explore current trends and issues in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics during this two week program.

The first week is spent at the Hershey campus interacting with faculty, medical students, and admissions staff. The focus was on learning about the philosophy and practice of primary care medicine and the admissions process and curriculum of the medical school.

During the second week, participants gained clinical experience by shadowing a family physician, pediatrician, or internist. Kayla reports that the lectures and problem-based learning sessions expanded her perspective of family medicine, She enjoyed learning about the different areas of primary care and highly recommends the program. She appreciated the advice offered on preparing applications for medical school and the interview process. Kyle enjoyed the experience, citing his interactions with medical students as one of the higlights. During the second seek, Kyle shadowed Dr. Lori Masteller, a primary care physician at Susquehanna Valley Health Specialties.

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