Penn State COM Class Of 2021 @pennstatecom2021

MS3 run account following the lives of the second year class at Penn State College of Medicine.

Penn State COM Class Of 2021 photos and videos

2 weeks ago

Studying hard for block 2 shelf exams. We are about 2/3 done with third year rotations. 🤗🤓

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2 weeks ago

Assessment week.. 🍪

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last month

3rd year be like...getting locked out of your appartment after a day on ENT surgery

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May 2019

These four are back from the rural locations which they were practicing and learning at for the past month for the HEQ rotation!

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May 2019

"During high school, I was on the football team but I also tried to take the hardest classes I could, so I was sort of known as the jock of the nerds, but I was also the nerd of the jocks. I had my football friends, and they all considered me the nerdy guy, and I had my classmate friends and they all considered me the football player. I decided on medicine a lot later than a lot of other people- It was really late high school that I realized maybe I would go down the doctor route. I like to think of myself as being pretty good at science, but math has always been my best subject. If I could’ve found a career where I was able to be social and do a ton of math, I would be really happy. The field that I would’ve gone into if I didn’t go into medicine is actuarial science. An actuary basically does risk benefit analysis for insurance companies which is right up my alley! I would love calculating the rates, calculating the risk- actuaries use really advanced algorithms and are at the forefront of math in many ways. The reason I went into medicine instead is because I think medicine is a more tangible way to help people. I’m not really sure if I would feel satisfied calculating rates for insurance companies. But I would definitely enjoy the calculation part of being an actuary. Other things I’ve considered include- engineering, accounting. I have friends who are all those careers- and when I see these friends I ask them how they are doing. Sometimes I wonder if I made the absolute right decision choosing medicine over the other careers? And almost always, the answer I come up with is, “Yes!!” " -Greg Vece, Humans of PSCOM feature

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May 2019

These two are working hard at York in their LIC Program!

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March 2019

This group is officially done with their neurology rotation ✔️

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March 2019

Today is our final day of POM2- Monday we start rotations 😱😟🤓

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February 2019

Learning how to draw blood by practicing with each other.. some of us got poked more than others! 😜 💉💉

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February 2019

Making our way through POM2 by listening to Harvey!

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February 2019

"When I’m asked about giving a “fun fact,” I always tell people about where I’ve been as I grew up. I was born in China, and at age 3 I flew to and lived in Finland for a few years. Then I came to the States at age 7, living in Boston for a few years and then LA. I finished high school in Central PA and then went to Penn State for undergrad. During undergrad I volunteered for THON, so I was really happy to end up at PSCOM. I also worked in a neuroscience lab doing liver cancer research—it was my PI’s crazy side project that never got anywhere. But recently, I heard they are writing a manuscript from it. I also met my girlfriend of 4 years from that lab! One of my favorite recent memories would be when my girlfriend and I got a little puppy! We got her on May 4th 2018 back when we were in Renal. I remember that day specifically because it was Star Wars day. That was a happy time for me because I’ve always wanted a dog and it was quite a process- We sent in an application and didn't hear anything for 6-8 months. I was pretty busy in med school so I didn’t even realize that much time had flew by. One day we got an email that said they had a dog for us. My girlfriend and I realized that she was so cute and that she was the perfect dog when we saw the pictures they had attached. It was in that moment that we made the final decision to get a dog—we had been pretty indecisive for a while. After we adopted her things were wild for a bit because she was really crazy with potty training. But now she’s become the best dog ever. The only problem she has is her voracious appetite for literally anything that’s edible (and sometimes not edible )." -John Lin

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February 2019

Another celebratory final PBL shot - because being done with PBL is worth posting about more than once 😊😊

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February 2019

Our days in LR-A are coming to an end! Catch us on wards v soon! 👨🏽‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️

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January 2019

Paint Night! 💓💓

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December 2018

"I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. My family came here 20 years ago as refugees due to religious persecution in Soviet Union. I studied history and psychology at UC Berkeley - I was not thinking of medicine at all at that point. About a year after graduating I got a job at an eye clinic. It was a challenging experience for me – a lot of growing and developing. I came as a recent college grad and medicine was completely foreign to me. Yet, the doctor who ran the group practice trusted me to develop and direct the research center. I represented the center to companies who did business with us and traveled. I learned that I do like the challenge, that I like leading a team even though it can get overwhelming. Overall, it was a fun and dynamic experience that was a big part of my life for seven years. I met many different personalities there and it definitely played a big role in shaping who I am today. California has been different than Pennsylvania, but I wanted to come to a new place and see a different environment. I like the friendly Hershey community. Not sure where life will take me next, but I’m grateful to be here for now. I spend my free time talking with my family back home and friends. I enjoy reading, cooking, singing, currently working on expanding my plant collection. I also like photography, and from time to time I take my camera outside. I like capturing things I find beautiful. I also enjoy travelling. Yet, I noticed that for me after seeing a few things and going to different countries, I start wondering what is the point of it all? I hope that as a doctor I will be able to not only travel to see things but to see those places while immersing myself in the lives of the people as a medical missionary. That is more meaningful. As a Christian, growing closer to God is my ultimate goal in everything that I do. I hope to know God more through different life experiences and to share that love and hope with others." - Anna Chepurny {Humans of Penn State COM}

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December 2018

Have a wonderful break everyone!! Happy Holidays!! 💓

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December 2018

Humanities group gathering 💓

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December 2018

Less than 48 hours till the anatomy exam

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November 2018

Celebrating the last PBL of the EndoRepro block! ✨

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November 2018

Humans of Penn State COM continued: "I’ve ran two different businesses before coming to medical school. My first business was when I was 23. It was the late 1990’s to early 2000’s during the e-commerce boom when people wanted to sell things online. I developed and sold packages for businesses that allowed them to accept payment through their website. This seems so ordinary today, but back then it was mind-blowing. In order to do this, you had to establish a merchant account through specific banks and connect that account to software that collected the payment info securely. I ran that business for quite awhile and it was probably my favorite business. I didn’t grow up in a generation where women were encouraged to pursue medical school. I think I was 23 or 24 before I met my first female physician. I’m from Utah and it is a very different culture. What you see in your world has a definite impact on what you pursue. When I recognized that I wanted to go to medical school it was my amazing support system that included my husband, boys, sisters, and professors that encouraged me to go for it. So I did! It is really important to me to be to able to challenge myself intellectually and physically and try to make a difference while doing so. Being a mother and a medical student is organized chaos. When I’m at school I’m thinking about my kids at home. When I’m at home I’m thinking about what I’m not getting done at school. But being a mom gives me more purpose. I feel like because my time is so valuable, I have to make the best out of the time I have. All along the road to med school, people would frequently say to me, “You are such an example for your boys.” When people said that to me, it did not really click. It was not the thought process I had or the reason I was going to medical school. But now that I am here, I’ve noticed that me being in medical school has helped my boys to see that there is so much more that they can do and that age does not define a person." -Mary Jane Sampson

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October 2018

A shot from Health on the Hill this weekend! ⭐️

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October 2018

Lasses and lads, wearing PBL plaids

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October 2018

Flex day fun ✨

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October 2018

MS2 Class: Athletic and smart 🤓

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October 2018

Today Father Modestus gave some MS2 students a glimpse into his life as a hospital Champlain ⭐️

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October 2018

Humans of PSCOM continued... "One of my happiest memories includes saving a really big old growth patch of trees with other forest defenders. It is in Oregon and was going to get cut down and a lot of people including myself saved it and kept it from being logged. We would go there every year to go mushroom hunting and to just hang out. We saved that area of the world, and get to keep enjoying it. I think my favorite job that I’ve had so far is wildland firefighting. I was a wildland firefighter for about six seasons. I got to run a chainsaw, and I was the lead sawyer, so I fell trees and I led a small group of other chainsaw operators. We were a subunit within a larger 20 person crew, and it was super fun. We were located in Eugene, Oregon, but we went to Idaho, Wyoming, the Dakotas, down to Arizona, California, Washington- all over the place. We worked six months a year and we had six months off. Which was also really nice. I’ve done everything in my adult life to avoid work! So six months on and six months off is really nice. I lived on a sailboat for a year, lived all over the country including- Rhode Island, Iowa, Florida, Oregon, Panama, Ireland and in France when I lived there for a year. I’ve lived all over. I’m glad I’ve done so much in my life, I feel like I’ve lived a thousand years, just because I’ve been able to do so much. You just have to do it, just get out there and do something! I think that I never really think about the risk or worry about the risk. My mom was such a hippie, and was always like, “Go out there and live life, and worry about it later!” I grew up with that mentality. This culture is very weird, and it sets milestones you are supposed to reach at certain points in your life. It is hard to get over that- but once you realize it is just a stupid construct of society, then who cares. Society is fundamentally flawed, so their constructs are probably flawed as well. I don’t need to have had a career by 25 to be a satisfied human being. I just want to contribute and help society as best as I can, whether I start at 35 or 25, or if I help in another way than what is traditional." -Brian Drury

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September 2018

A new feature on the class instagram that I have been pulling together for the last few weeks is a Penn State COM Class of 2021 version of Humans of NY. I’m grateful for Crystal and for other classmates who will also be a part of the project- allowing us to get a glimpse into their lives! ------ “Coming to medical school, I really didn’t want to lose myself. But in a way we all lose a parts of ourselves here. However the parts of me that matter, I’m trying not to lose. Because at the end of the day, I feel like I am just here on this earth to help people. If I’m not doing anything to help people then why am I here? I think we are here for a reason. Something that defines me in addition to my faith is that I really want to be a voice for my community. So many people get lost in this world because of circumstance. That is why going out into the community to help others is important to me- there is no us and them, we are all people. What makes me sad, is that there are so many people who are not confident in themselves. I really want people to see how great they are. I feel as if a lot of people do not realize how much potential they have because this world puts you in a place where you are always doubting yourself and feel as if you are never good enough. So many people struggle with that. If it is one thing that I want people to see- that they are more than their insecurities. It is not their fault, it is the world's fault. Like you are good enough, God made you to be good enough, you are enough, you don’t need to be anyone else. One thing I feel is important to me is to show people “Naw- you got this!!”” Crystal Lovelace

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August 2018

👯‍♂️ #twins in medical ethics and professionalism today

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August 2018

@jennmardini & @lard28 worked in the Hempel lab at the Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR ) this summer and did research on ovarian cancer! 🔬

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August 2018

Several of our classmates were a part of the Translational Science Fellowship program through the NIH this summer! 😎

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