Gannon Pre-Med Students Chosen for Penn State College of Medicine’s Primary Care Scholars Program

Posted: June 29, 2017

Two Gannon University students were selected as participants in the Penn State College of Medicine's Primary Care Scholars Program earlier this month.

The students, Evan DeFalco and Austin Grist, both seniors enrolled in Gannon's pre-medicine program, traveled to Penn State's College of Medicine campus in Hershey where they and the other participants spent time with medical students and primary care physicians in a variety of practice settings, learned about the medical school application process and received an introduction to curriculum, including a problem-based learning case discussion.

The second week of the Primary Care Scholars Program is a clinical experience in which each student shadows a family physician, general pediatrician or general internist.

The selective Primary Care Scholars Program allows undergraduates to receive exposure to medical school and issues in primary care. Participants interact with medical students and faculty and learn about the philosophy and practice of primary care in the disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.

"Evan and Austin are remarkable students who are both passionate about pursuing careers in medicine," Said Karla Mashburn, director of Gannon's pre-health advising program. "We were very proud to have them selected for the program and are excited to support them as they continue to successfully navigate the path to medical school."