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Dr Joanne Getsy Discusses Sleep Medicine in this Months Drexel Medcast

September 12, 2007

Drexel University College of Medicine has announced the next installment of the Drexel Medcast™, a monthly medical podcast featuring leading academic physicians and scientists. This month features an interview with Joanne Getsy, M.D., a board-certified sleep medicine specialist, who is associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine and medical director of the Drexel Sleep Center. Dr. Getsy discusses sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome and offers insight on how to get a good night’s sleep.

"Everyone has a hard time falling asleep once in awhile," said Getsy. "But when a person is consistently tired or noticing other changes in his or her health, it may be a sign of a sleep disorder, which, left untreated, may lead to further health problems." It is estimated that more than 60 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic sleep disorder.

The Drexel Medcast™ featuring Dr. Getsy’s interview can be accessed via the homepage of Drexel University College of Medicine’s website ( or via iTunes and other podcasting directories. Drexel University College of Medicine launched the Drexel Medcast in August, becoming the first medical school in the Philadelphia region to offer a monthly medical podcast. The College plans to introduce a new topic and faculty member 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.”

About Drexel University College of Medicine Drexel University College of Medicine has established some of the most 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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