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Community Forum: Spotlight on Drexel College of Medicine at Tower Health

by The Berks Alliance

Community Forum: Spotlight on Drexel College of Medicine at Tower Health

Join us on August 25th at noon to learn more about this exciting new adventure for our region.

This August, the first class of year-one medical students enter Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, a collaboration between Drexel University and Tower Health.  The class of 2025, the inaugural group of medical students at this 4-year regional medical campus, consists of forty students.  They will join third- and fourth-year medical students who are doing their clinical rotations at Reading Hospital – Tower Health.

Under development for nearly two years, Drexel views this campus as a place “to make a difference.”  The diversity of the greater Reading area, historical affiliation with Reading Hospital, and strong partnership with Tower Health are among the reasons that Drexel chose this location for the new campus.

Beyond the impact that the College will have on the health and well-being of the region, it has the potential to have a significant community impact as well. The students and their families, along with faculty and staff, will find housing in the area and will help support the local economy.

Join us for our Community Forum where we discuss the new Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health on August 25th at noon via Zoom.  The program will feature Karen Restifo, MD, JD, the Regional Vice Dean of Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health.

Restifo has been charged with launching the school campus. She came to Drexel from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, having served as associate dean of student affairs.  She has also worked for the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Phoenix, the Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Sciences Medical School. In Phoenix, Restifo helped with school’s transition from regional campus to an independent medical school. At TCU- UNTHSC, she was part of the leadership team establishing the new medical school formed through the two university partnership. She is an Emergency Medicine Physician.  She spent ten years at the Yale University School of Medicine.  Taking a break from practicing medicine to stay home with her children, she attended the University of Connecticut School of Law and completed a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

When: Aug 25, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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