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Penn State College of Medicine receives $1-million grant

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jun 24, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Hershey) -- The Penn State College of Medicine plans to use a grant from the American Medical Association to bring the medical school curriculum closer in line with the needs of the health care system. The Hershey-based medical school will be working to create a curriculum in which students will serve as so-called patient navigators.

Dr. Terry Wolpaw is the vice dean for educational affairs, and says it's important because the future of health care will be focusing on keeping people healthy, as opposed to treating them when they're sick.

"I think the world of health care is about all those other minutes and hours and months and years that people spend outside the doctor's office, or outside the hospital bed, when they still need partnership and support in keeping themselves as healthy as possible," Wolpaw says.

Penn State was one of only 11 medical schools across the country to receive the funding. The $1-million ACA grant will pay for the five-year initiative. Six other Central Pennsylvania health care groups will be involved -- including Lancaster General Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central PA.

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