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Drexel University College of Medicine Launches Monthly Medical Podcast

August 7, 2007

Drexel University College of Medicine has become the first medical school in the Philadelphia region to launch a monthly medical podcast. The Drexel MedcastSM will feature leading academic physicians and scientists from the Drexel University College of Medicine faculty discussing various medical topics. A new topic and faculty member will be selected and featured each month.

“Drexel University College of Medicine has a long tradition of linking compassionate care with the latest in technology,” said Richard V. Homan, M.D., senior vice-president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “This podcast is a great way for our physicians and researchers to provide important health information to consumers in a modern, accessible format which anyone can listen to at their convenience.”

Podcasts are similar to radio programs which can be listened to on nearly any computer. The main benefit of podcasting is that the audio content can be downloaded to iPods and other portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to whenever the user chooses. Drexel Medcasts, hosted by journalist Stasia DeMarco, can be accessed via the homepage of Drexel University College of Medicine’s website ( or via i-Tunes and other podcasting directories.

The first Drexel Medcast features Paul Curcillo, M.D., vice-chair of surgery and director of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, discussing his groundbreaking Single Port Access (SPASM) Surgery technique. Curcillo recently became the first surgeon in the world to perform a laparoscopic gallbladder removal through a single incision in a patient’s belly button, leaving a hidden scar. He has since performed more than a dozen SPA surgeries.

Future topics will include women’s health, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep disorders, and more.

About Drexel University College of Medicine Drexel University College of Medicine has established some of the most highly innovative and rigorous academic programs available today, incorporating the University’s expertise in engineering and technology into traditional medical training. The College of Medicine has participated in pioneering clinical trials involving the world’s first implantable artificial heart, established one of the largest regional centers for spinal cord research, developed the largest HIV/AIDS primary care practice in the region, with extensive NIH-funded research in HIV/AIDS prevention, and created one of the largest centers for malaria study in the nation. Drexel University College of Medicine has been designated one of 21 Vanguard National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and is highly respected in numerous other specialties including neuroscience, virology, immunology and toxicology. Visit for more information.


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