From the COM Class of 2014 President

Dear Alumni,

As we, the Penn State College of Medicine Class of 2014, begin our fourth and final year of medical school, we find ourselves asking several important questions (maybe some of the same questions you asked as you approached graduation):

  • Where should I do my away rotations?
  • When should I take Step 2 of Boards?
  • What internship would be best for me? 

But the most important question we are asking ourselves right now is, "What do I want to do for the rest of my life?"

Fortunately, while we attempt to answer this fundamental life question, we are not alone. As we walk the halls of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, we are surrounded by people who support us—top-notch physicians, who serve as our mentors; interested professors, who are always available to answer our complicated life questions; and caring classmates and friends, who understand us and help us make these important career and life decisions.

This supportive environment continues to develop as the deans listen to students' concerns. The deans have recently created societies at Penn State Hershey, comprised of physicians, professors, students, and even alumni, to foster greater support for students and offer guidance throughout the educational process. Only at Penn State Hershey will you find such a student-centered environment, which has allowed us to flourish and grow into the people we are today.    

On behalf of my classmates, thank you for helping to shape our medical education by participating in activities at the College of Medicine. We greatly appreciate your support as we look to follow in your footsteps.

Christina Lippe, MS4
President, Class of 2014