Every year, Penn adopts an ever-growing range of methods to welcome newly admitted students and entice them towards picking the University as their home. But this year, the Perelman School of Medicine has outdone itself with a welcome campaign around an unlikely subject: the gallbladder.
In a 3 minute and 48 second video, students and faculty welcome the incoming class of Penn Medicine students by singing and dancing with a life-sized gallbladder to the music of chart-topping Ed Sheeran song "Galway Girl."
"It's green and little for an organ, and it's so much better than a thyroid gland," the song opens, "Sits by the liver, and it fits inside my hand. Oh baby, emulsify fat."
It goes on to cover a range of scientific tidbits around — you guessed it — the gallbladder, weaving in scenes and details about student life at the Perelman School of Medicine.
For the previous class of incoming students, the University produced a parody of the musical song "Alexander Hamilton."
Penn is not the only institution to use parody videos as a way to welcome its incoming class. In fact, medical schools across the nation have made it something of a tradition to produce parody videos to welcome their new students.
Yale's School of Medicine recently published a parody video featuring adaptations from the popular songs "Havana" and "New Rules," as well as the television shows "Planet Earth" and "The Bachelor." Earlier this year, Stanford School of Medicine pushed out its parody of the DJ Khaled song "I'm The One," and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine released its parody of the Bruno Mars song "That's What I Like."
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