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Innovation in Medicine
By: Aleesha Shaik

"Why not you?" That was the true underlying theme of
the second annual MedTalks @Drexel. Hosted by the Drexel
University College of Medicine's chapter of the American
Medical Association on January 12th, 2017, this year's event
sought to showcase students and professionals who are pushing
the boundaries of traditional medicine, pursuing innovation.
The event was modeled after the TEDMed conference supported by the AMA and featured a variety of professional speakers
who each conveyed their stories in ten minute presentations, as
well as several medical students from around Pennsylvania who
shared their research in three minutes. The time constraint forced
speakers to really focus on the message they wanted to impart,
making each presentation especially powerful.
Physicians, professionals and students presented during the second
annual MedTalks@Drexel, which carried a theme of "Why Not You?"

This year's incredible speaker lineup featured seven professionals and four medical students. Following an introduction
by PCMS's own Dr. Michael DellaVecchia, our first speaker,
Sam Frons, kicked off the night with an introduction to the app
she has developed, Addicaid, which helps connect people trying
to overcome addiction so that they can support each other and
share resources. Dr. Michelle Joy, a Psychiatry Fellow at the
University of Pennsylvania, spoke about the intersectionalities
of mental health and prison reform in Philadelphia.
We were lucky enough to also have with us Dr. Danilo Tagle,
the Associate Director for Special Initiatives at the NIH National
Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, who discussed his
team's novel Tissue Chip project, which is revolutionizing drug
screening and the way we can better understand how the body
functions. In addition, Dr. Charles Cutler, the current President
of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, engaged the audience in a
topic very relevant to them: medical education financing. Then,
Olenga Anabui, a former Director at Cerner Corporation and
the current Director of the Penn Center for Community Health
Workers, discussed IMPaCT, a program targeting low-income,
high-risk populations.

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