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M e d i c a l R ec o r d F e a t u r e

Drexel University College
of Medicine at Tower Health
Welcomes Karen Restifo, MD, JD,
to Berks Community as
Inaugural Vice Dean

K

aren Restifo, MD, JD, has been named
the first regional vice dean of Drexel
University College of Medicine at Tower
Health, effective September 1, 2020.

She then completed a medical ethics fellowship
at Harvard Medical School in 2012.

Dr. Restifo comes from the Keck School
of Medicine of the University of Southern
California, where she served as associate dean
of student affairs. During her tenure there, she
helped with preparation for a Liaison Committee
on Medical Education (LCME) full accreditation
site visit. She also served on numerous
committees, including the Student Performance
Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Medical
Education Committee, Diversity Council, and
the Wellness Task Force. She played a role in the development of
Keck School of Medicine's new MD program curriculum.

My first impression was the amazing green
space, trees and parks located in the area. The
community has also been very welcoming. I
can't wait to start exploring the local shops and
restaurants when able, given the pandemic.

Dr. Restifo was recently chair of the Association of American
Medical Colleges (AAMC) Western Group on Student Affairs,
having previously served as vice chair, and chair of the group's
steering committee. She has presented regionally and nationally
on the topics of United States Medical Licensing Examination®
(USMLE) preparation standardized video interviewing,
improvements to residency match culture, and professionalism
during the transition to residency. Throughout her career, she has
championed student wellness as a critical part of the process of
training outstanding physicians.
After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of
Pennsylvania, Dr. Restifo attended Georgetown University School
of Medicine. She completed an internship at Washington Hospital
Center and an emergency medicine residency at Johns Hopkins
University. After 10 years at the Yale University School of Medicine,
Dr. Restifo attended the University of Connecticut School of Law.
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What were your first impressions of the West
Reading Community?

What brought you to Drexel University
College of Medicine at Tower Health?
I am excited about this unique opportunity
to help establish a regional campus working with
both Drexel and Tower Health. In the past, I have been involved in
helping to set up new environments for medical students and find
it extremely rewarding to watch the students learn and grow into
physicians who will provide exceptional care and give back to the
community.
How do you anticipate the students and staff will interact and
impact the community?
I anticipate that the students will have a significant impact on
the community through community service activities, their help
in delivering care in the hospital and clinics, and simply their
enthusiasm for helping others. This enthusiasm will be infectious
and will also impact others in health care as they get involved in
teaching and mentoring the medical students.
You have an interest in student wellness. Why is that important
to you? Is there a role for local physicians to assist in this
endeavor?
We always need to be mindful of the wellness of the medical


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