not your typical primary care

Travel back in time to 2017—even though it wasn’t that long ago, the world of health care looked different than it does today. This was the year Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health debuted the first Penn Medicine HealthWorks clinic to offer convenient care for employees of Clair Global, a live performance production company in Lititz,

A medical student learns the meaning of patient trust

By Ella Eisinger Ella Eisinger Ella Eisinger is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The essay below was a winner in this year’s American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Building Trust Essay Contest, which explores the projects and initiatives by students in health professions around the theme of

Charting a new frontier with psychedelic drugs

Are psychedelic drugs about to begin a long, strange trip toward use in a clinical setting? Or do the challenges of studying psychedelics, and the ethical risks of therapy, raise too many questions to introduce them into mainstream medicine?   As debate continues if—and how—psychedelics should be used, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recently

How adverse childhood events can exacerbate substance use

Physical and sexual abuse, having parents who misuse substances, and witnessing violent crime are tragic events that don’t remain locked in a single point in time. Rather, they are termed adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and 64 percent of American adults who participated in a recent survey reported experiencing at least one ACE prior to turning

The art and science of cancer care

Photo by © ASCO/Phil McCarten 2024 Lynn Schuchter, MD, recently completed her term as the 2023-2024 President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)—the leading professional society for cancer care—as part of a career that began at Penn Medicine 30 years ago.   Over those three decades, Schuchter has witnessed remarkable progress in cancer care and survivorship,