It’s just before 7 a.m. on a cold sunny morning when I arrive at Penn’s South Bank, where I am greeted by three of the puppies I had met two months ago at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s grand opening.
When Hurricane Sandy swept across the East Coast last week, thousands of valuable research mice and rats at New York University’s Langone Medical Center perished as the unprecedented storm surge flooded the basement of the school’s Smilow Research Center.
While doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows obtain their advanced scientific training by conducting research, many Ph.D. graduates move on to positions outside of academia — and even outside of research.
About 25 percent of this year’s incoming School of Veterinary Medicine class consists of students over the age of 25, according to the school’s admissions office. At the Perelman School of Medicine, more than 60 percent of incoming students over the past two years were non-traditional.
The program, called LEAPP — Longitudinal Experience to Appreciate Patient Perspectives — pairs two students with one patient suffering from a chronic illness. It is mandatory for all first-year Medical students, and lasts for 18 months.