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While our next speaker, Dr. Rachel Levine,
the Physician General for the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, was unable to attend due to some last
minute meetings regarding the future of the American
healthcare system, she was kind enough to prepare
for us a video presentation of her talk on Transgender
Medicine, an especially important discussion in
our efforts to be more inclusive and understanding
of our patients. Dr. Michael Sofia, the Chief Scientific Officer
and Co-Founder of Arbutus Biopharma, gave the final talk of
the night, discussing the path to his discovery of sofosbuvir, a
treatment for Hepatitis C. Finally, Dr. Greg Kane, the Chairman
of the Department of Medicine at Jefferson University and the
current President of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American
College of Physicians, concluded the event with insight into why
such an event is so valuable for medical students.
Not only was this an excellent educational opportunity, but
also a networking one. Students connected with Ms. Anabui to
find out how they could get more involved with IMPaCT. They
spoke with Dr. Sofia to discuss how they could further their own
research interests. The student speakers, Thalia Bajakian, Andrew
Luo, Paulina Ramirez, and Alex Valiga, all inspired students to
be more involved with research while in medical school as well.
Overall, the goal of the event was to highlight aspects of medicine that are just as important as physiology and pharmacology,
but are often left out of the classroom. Feedback from attendees
showed that we achieved that goal and that perhaps
such talks need to be a more consistent
part of medical education.

Nearly 300 participants attended MedTalks@Drexel in January.
The event was hosted by the Drexel University College of Medicine's
chapter of the American Medical Association.
"It helped to remind me of why I decided to pursue a medical degree."
"I felt inspired to reach for my goals and advocate for my future
patients, no matter how much time and effort that may take. Passion
drives so many great things in our world."
"This was absolutely important. Medicine is becoming more interdisciplinary, whether between different fields of science or public health and
medical practice. As a medical student bombarded with monotonous
information, talks like these remind us to both appreciate overlooked
aspects of medicine and think outside the box."
Drexel AMA would like to thank all our wonderful speakers, the
nearly 300 attendees, and the faculty and staff at Drexel, PCMS,
PAMED, and PA-ACP for their invaluable support and for making
this event possible. It truly was heartwarming to see the impact this
event had on our attendees and we look forward to continuing
to highlight the three tenets of MedTalks:
Passion. Innovation. Inspiration.

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