Region's First Gamma Knife Available
Wills Eye houses the first gamma knife in the Delaware Valley as part of
The Neurosensory Institute, a collaboration between Pennsylvania Hospital,
Jefferson, and Wills Eye Hospital. The gamma knife is a noninvasive radiosurgical
tool to treat brain tumors and other brain diseases.
This very special technology is particularly suited to treating tumors or
disorders whose location in the brain makes conventional surgery impossible
or risky. It is also ideal for patients with coexisting medical problems
that make conventional surgery risky, and for patients of advanced age.
Of even greater importance is the technology's proven efficacy and safety.
The gamma knife's capability for deep penetration is incomparable for certain
types of brain surgery, and its accuracy and precision minimize exposure
to adjacent healthy tissue. Gamma knife treatment is less costly than conventional
Clinical professor of nuerosurgery H. Warren Goldman, MD, PhD, directs the
Gamma Knife Unit. He and his colleagues will also employ it to treat movement
disorders such as Parkinson's disease, certain malignant eye tumors, and
in the management of malignant pain symptoms.
Adapted from March 1996 Jefferson Medical College Alumni Bulletin
JMC Rises to 36 in National Ranking of NIH
Jefferson Medical College (JMC) ranks 36 among 124 medical schools in the
amount of funding it received from the National Institutes of Health during
FY'95. Jefferson's 194 NIH grants totalling $48.4 million represent an 11
percent increase over monies received last fiscal year when JMC ranked 39th.
The amount of NIH funds granted is believed to be an important factor in
recruiting top faculty and students, and in attracting further research
support. NIH funding is also associated with the highest quality research,
says Gerald Litwack, PhD, chair of the department of pharmacology, deputy
director of Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Institute and acting associate dean
for scientific affairs.
JMC now outranks many medical schools. More impressively, since FY'86, JMC's
ranking steadily crept up from 72 to 36 ­p; "a phenomenal increase,"
Dr. Litwack notes. While he says that JMC has probably hit a saturation
point in NIH funding, Dr. Litwack anticipates a 5 percent increase annually
in NIH funding over the next few years. At the same time, he continues,
"Sponsorship from nonfederal sources such as private industry should
accelerate for research and clinical trials."
Other significant statistics from the data: The department of microbiology
and immunology maintained its number two ranking from last year among the
99 medical school departments receiving NIH awards in microbiology. As in
FY'94, Jefferson ranked third among the 24 medical schools with NIH grants
in orthopaedics and first among institutions in Pennsylvania. JMC also jumped
from 16th place last year to 6th among 93 schools receiving funding for
pathology, anatomy and cell biology.
International Student Identity Card Now Available
Be valid anywhere in the world!
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is a single uniform document
for students traveling abroad that is accepted around the world as proof
of student status. In addition to being a handy ID, bearers of the card
are eligible for a number of discounts including reduced airfares, sickness
and accident insurance coverage overseas, and access to a toll-free 24-hour
traveler's assistance hotline.
Along with the card that is endorsed by UNESCO, students also receive the
International Student Identity Card Handbook. This directory contains information
on student travel organizations and discounts on everything from museums
to accommodations for cardholders in 70 countries, including the United
The cost of the card is $18 and can be obtained from the Office of International
Exchange Services at the University. For more information, call 3-4023.
Jeffersonians Give Large, Enthusiastic Response
to Vendor Fair on Optical Scanning Technology
About 200 Jeffersonians and guests attended the recent vendor fair to learn
how optical scanning and electronic records technology can help manage patient
medical record documents.
"The University project team responsible for selecting a Document Management
System is grateful for such an enthusiastic response by the Jefferson community,"
says Stephanie M. Hettel, director, medical record department.
Evaluations completed by the attendees will help the project team make a
"The system selected will be the bridge from the paper-based record
to a computer-based record. It will establish a computer platform to redesign
the patient record workflow throughout Jefferson," adds Ms. Hettel.
Admissions for 10 months of this fiscal year (July ­p; April) were 21,744
or 5 percent below last year. In addition, the average length of stay for
the hospital was only 6.2 days, which is a half day below the prior year.
Patient days are another critical indicator of the need to save costs since
approximately one half of the insurers now pay a daily rate. The hospital's
patient days for this period total 132,771 or 20,603 less than last year,
reports Walter E. Moore, assistant executive hospital director for fiscal