2021 Building Berks Award
Drexel University College of Medicine is honored to have received a 2021 Building Berks award from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) in Berks County, Pa. The award was given for the design, aesthetics and economic impact of our new regional medical campus, Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health. We are so glad to be part of the Berks County community and to have been celebrated among so many innovative local projects. Event photos can be found on the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=GreaterReadingChamber&set=a.4608988189190495.
Meet Marquis Winston, MD Program Class of 2025, West Reading Campus
"The College of Medicine takes pride in giving back to their community, something that means a great deal to me. I was drawn to opportunities to join student-run outreach programs or volunteer in local clinics; the chance to be a part of a cohort of like-minded students making a difference in a community is really what drew me to the College of Medicine." Read more.
College of Medicine Students Participate in Mural Painting Project
Karen Restifo, MD, JD, regional vice dean for the College of Medicine at Tower Health campus, was quoted in stories about students from the inaugural class of the new College of Medicine at Tower Health campus painting a community mural sponsored by ruOK Berks?, the Berks County Suicide Prevention Task Force. The news was reported August 3 by Reading Eagle and Berks Weekly, and Aug. 4 by WFMZ-TV.
Drexel University College of Medicine, Tower Health and local community members came together Tuesday, July 27 to celebrate the grand opening of the new four-year regional medical campus, Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health. The campus, located less than one mile and within walking distance to Reading Hospital, will welcome its inaugural class of 40 first-year medical students in early August. Read more.
West Reading Campus Opening in the Media
Ribbon cut on new medical school in Berks
"From its Gilded Age of industry to its accomplishments on the Reading Railroad, you can add this moment to the annals of Berks County history." wfmz.com (July 27, 2021)
69 News at 5:30: Berks Edition - Medical school opens in Wyomissing
"A new state-of-the-art medical school is now open in Wyomissing. 40 students will attend classes and study at the school, which is a joint venture between Drexel University and Berks County-based Tower Health. Jim Vasil has the latest on today's ribbon cutting and what the school means for the area." wfmz.com (July 27, 2021)
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health in Wyomissing ready for students
"Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is ready to welcome its inaugural class of first-year medical students next week." Reading Eagle (July 27, 2021)
Drexel College of Medicine at Tower Health Celebrates Campus Opening
"On Tuesday, July 27, Drexel University College of Medicine celebrated the opening of a new four-year regional medical campus, located at 50 Innovation Way, Wyomissing, PA., in collaboration with Tower Health." BCTV (July 27, 2021)
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health Celebrates Campus Opening
"Drexel University College of Medicine celebrated the opening of the new four-year regional medical campus Tuesday morning, located at 50 Innovation Way, in Wyomissing, in collaboration with Tower Health." Berks Weekly (July 27, 2021)
Meet Josette Graves, MD Student
"I am looking forward to connecting with my classmates and exploring the area! Given our small class size at the West Reading campus, our inaugural class will feel like family." Read more.
Meet Our West Reading Students
Students Temi Daramola, Simar Chawla, Nolan Feola and Cassandra Mitchell talk about their clerkship experience at Reading Hospital - Tower Health.
Eugene York, MD, is the course director of the Health Advocacy Practicum (HAP) at Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health in West Reading, Pa. He has served the College of Medicine as a clinical associate professor. A clinician at Reading Hospital – Tower Health, Dr. York founded the Reading Hospital Street Medicine Program. Read more.
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health – July 2021 Opening on Track
Dr. Karen Restifo, Regional Vice Dean of Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, located in West Reading, Pa., gives a progress update on the new building’s construction and what awaits the incoming MD Program class.
"The new Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is not yet ready to welcome visitors, but Dr. Karen Restifo can already see what the inside of the building will look like in a few short months. "Every time I come in here, it's more and more inspiring," said Restifo, regional vice dean of Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, during a recent tour of the building. "I can envision the students studying here, and the faculty and staff coming in and getting ready for the students to come."" Read more.
"The first class of 40 students arrives at the Wyomissing campus in August." Philadelphia Business Journal (Subscription Required) Read more.
"The Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health in Wyomissing is getting ready to welcome its inaugural class. The school is on track to welcome 40 first-year medical students in August." WFMZ-TV 69 (May 5, 2021) Read more.
Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, is the director of the Bioethics and Professional Formation course at Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health in West Reading, Pa. Schidlow served the College of Medicine as the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs for eight years, returning in 2020 after a sabbatical to serve as a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Pharmacology & Physiology, and Medicine. Read more.
Karen Restifo, MD, JD, was appointed to the newly created position of regional vice dean of the College of Medicine’s Tower Health campus in West Reading, Pennsylvania. She comes to Drexel with a wealth of experience in medical school leadership. She also brings to the table a deep understanding of student affairs, the accreditation process and medical ethics. Read more.
"As a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, the West Reading campus will offer a host of cutting-edge simulation technology that will work hand in hand with the Standardized Patient (SP) program to provide our students with an interactive learning experience. One example that will be utilized a lot is the SimMan 3G Plus, a realistic human patient simulator that can be used to portray all types of scenarios, requiring physical findings that would be difficult or dangerous to replicate with an SP."
"As the director of admissions and student affairs, it is my responsibility to work alongside the admissions and student affairs team to select and support highly motivated and skilled medical students to join the College of Medicine’s West Reading campus. My goal for the West Reading campus is to recruit a diverse class that will help create a unique identity at the new location. I look forward to attracting medical students who are excited and focused on helping to address the critical health problems in our society. Drexel University, the College of Medicine and Tower Health are well-aligned to address these issues."
The Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is taking shape in Wyomissing, with completion set for July. "The hope would be that as students come out here and train out here, they will fall in love with the area and will hopefully stay in residencies," said Dr. Karen Restifo, the college's regional vice dean. Read more.
The pursuit for more information about the COVID-19 coronavirus has led a group of College of Medicine researchers to West Reading, Pa. and back again, with some of their vital work taking place before the sun is up. Read more.
SLAM architects aren't just building a new facility in West Reading for Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health -- they're building a community hub. Read more.
"I've been considering specializing in OB/GYN for a while. I think women's health is really important and interesting. I really wanted to spend this summer looking into that a little more, and did an internship that was half clinical shadowing in the hospital, and half doing clinical research with my mentor Dr. Jiang, an OB/GYN doctor in West Reading." Read more.
Tower Health and Drexel University celebrated an official “Topping Off” ceremony for the development of an additional site location of Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, to be opened in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Read more.
Tower Health and Drexel University held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 17 for the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health four- year regional campus in West Reading. Read more.
The College of Medicine will gain a four-year regional medical campus in West Reading near Reading Hospital thanks to a 20-year academic affiliation agreement signed by Drexel University and Tower Health. The collaboration between the two institutions was celebrated in a signing ceremony at the end of February, after it received the approval of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. (Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Magazine Spring/Summer 2019) Read more.
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