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In the Community
Drexel University
College of Medicine
at Tower Health Opens
By Lisa Ryan, Writer, Drexel University College of Medicine
T
he new, four-year regional
medical campus, Drexel
University College of Medicine
at Tower Health, welcomed its inaugural
class of 40 first-year medical students
in early August.
Regional vice dean Karen Restifo, MD,
JD, said the community has welcomed
its newest members with open arms.
" When a group of our students were
crossing a street in their white coats,
somebody honked, leaned out their
window and shouted, 'Good luck to all
of you,' " Restifo said. " Then we walked
past stores where people were outside
and said, 'Hey, we're glad you're here.' "
Restifo said both College of Medicine
at Tower Health leaders and local
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community members are excited to know
the influx of medical students will help
positively impact economic growth in
the community.
Students will benefit just as much from
living and learning in West Reading,
Restifo said. Their four-story campus
building includes state-of-the-art medical
education technology and collaborative
learning spaces. The building is less than
a mile from Reading Hospital, Tower
Health's flagship location and the
largest hospital between Philadelphia
and Pittsburgh.
Reading Hospital was recently named
one of U.S. News & World Report's top
10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and has
been a key site of clinical education for
College of Medicine students for more
than 20 years.
" Medical students read a lot, they always
ask questions, and it keeps everybody
thinking about how to deliver the
best care they possibly can, " Restifo
said. " Their energy reminds practicing
physicians why they went into medicine,
and medical students can also play an
important role with families, as extra
people on the medical care team who can
help them in whatever ways they need. "
Restifo believes the College of Medicine
students will make a mark on their
community. West Reading is home to
a diverse and underserved population,
and when members of the class of 2025
share their perspectives and experiences
with their new neighbors, everyone will

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