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Inaugural Class of Drexel College of Medicine at Tower Health Transition to Clinical Roles

by Tower Health

May 13, 2023
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health Building

The Inaugural Class of Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) at Tower Health students will soon begin the third year of their medical school training. After two years of classroom and lab work, they now begin their clinical rotations at Reading Hospital. On Monday, May 15 the students will participate in a “Transition to Clinician” event beginning with a walk from the school to Reading Hospital via 6th Avenue (the Clock Tower entrance). The students will arrive at the hospital campus at approximately 10: 45 a.m. Upon their arrival they will attend a program in the hospital’s Thun/Janssen Auditorium with team members from Tower Health, Reading Hospital, and Drexel University College of Medicine.

Remarks will be made by Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital president and CEO; Charles B. Cairns, MD, Walter H., and Leonore Annenberg Dean, Drexel University College of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Drexel University; Wei Du, MD, Tower Health Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer and Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine; P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health president and CEO; and Karen Restifo, MD, JD, Regional Vice Dean, Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health.

“This event is a true milestone in one’s medical school education,” said Dr. Restifo. “This is the first class to transition, which makes it special for the school, the hospital, and the community. Our neighbors have been so welcoming to our students and we want to share this milestone with them.”

Clinical rotations provide medical students the opportunity to participate in many of the hospital’s departments, interact with residents, fellows, physician faculty, and other members of the clinical care teams while acclimating to working in a hospital environment.

Sue Perrotty added, “Our academic and education programs are just one more aspect that sets Tower Health apart. It is a true honor to welcome these medical students to the Reading Hospital and Tower Health family. During their rotations they will have the opportunity to learn from wonderful physicians, nurses, and other clinicians.”

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