Third Annual D. Walter Cohen Asclepius Career Day Offers Insights Into Medical Professions

The third annual D. Walter Cohen Asclepius Career Day offered Philadelphia University Pre-Medical Studies majors insights, advice and tools to prepare them for the various careers and graduate/medical programs available on Saturday, April 10 in the Kanbar Performance Space.

The Career Day opened with a short talk, “The Future of Medicine,” from the day’s sponsor University Trustee D. Walter Cohen, DDS. The 45 students who attended listened to presentations on medical specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, pediatrics and internal medicine, as well as pharmacy and research in clinical specialties.

The event featured alumni speakers and representatives from admissions offices, local physicians and health professionals. Fourteen alumni, who travelled from across the country, provided Philadelphia University students with a first-hand look at their medical school experiences, career options and what to expect with a future in the medical field.


Nine health care professionals were also available to answer questions about entry into graduate schools and career paths during the four afternoon breakout sessions.

Notable guests included Bruce Kornberg, D.O., professor and chair of Cardiology and co-vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; James J. Purtill, M.D., of the Rothman Institute; Marla Gold, M.D., dean of the School of Public Health at Drexel University; Brandon Francis ’02, M.D., M.P.H.; Stefanie Emanuel ’01, D. Pharm.; and local physicians Michael DeAngelis, M.D., of Cardiology Consultants and Alexis Lieberman, M.D., of Fairmount Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and associate clinical professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University.

Also in attendance were representatives from seven admissions offices, namely Drexel University School of Public Health, Kornberg School of Dentistry, Logan College of Chiropractic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Salus University, Temple School of Podiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, as well as representatives from Kaplan MCAT Preparatory Testing and recruiters from the U.S. Army.

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