To the Incoming First-Years -
Congratulations on your decision to come to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania! On behalf of the Medical Student Government (MSG) and the rest of the student body, I’d like to welcome you to the Penn Med family.
The next four years (or more for half of you) will be some of the most formative of your life. I’m excited for all of you because medical school here at Penn is something you will truly experience as a community. You will spend hours on end with each other dissecting in the anatomy labs, studying with groups in the library, and learning the intricacies of medicine. You will be given access not just to the human body, but also to patients’ lives. It is a hallowed experience that will bind your class together always.
I urge you to get to know as many of your classmates as possible. They are some of the most amazing, interesting and accomplished people in the world. In fact they may be so impressive that you feel you don’t belong, and for that I would like to commend you on your humility. You absolutely belong and the people you find here will become your best friends and resources for years to come. They, along with an incredibly supportive administration, will spur you forward to accomplishing your goals.
The Medical Student Government’s role is not only to help you through this period academically, but also to develop the Penn Med community through events and support of student groups. You can look forward to Field Day (think BBQ, faculty Dunk Tank and Slip ‘n’ Slide), Formal, a Spelling Bee and Medical Quizzo. We’ll be inviting you to welcome events in the fall where you can meet the MS2-MS4 students who will help guide you through the years. If you'd like to be part of the MSG team, class representative and co-chair elections will take place this September.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have. We’re so excited for your arrival!
Grant W. Mitchell