Investing in Knowledge

12/20/2012

According to famous Philadelphian and kite enthusiast Benjamin Franklin, “an investment in knowledge” — i.e., education — “pays the best interest.” In education-investment-related news, longtime The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia supporter and Philadelphia Congressman Chakah Fattah recently announced that Children’s Hospital has been awarded over a million dollars to “continue its leading role in educating the next generation of pediatricians.”

The grant — totaling $1,116,918 — was awarded to Children’s Hospital as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME). CHGME provides the nation’s freestanding children’s hospitals with funding to support graduate medical education programs that train resident physicians.

The CHOP Research Institute has a robust education program, providing opportunities for training at all levels. Currently, approximately 400 postdoctoral fellows, physician fellows, and graduate students are enrolled in programs at the Institute. Additionally, several programs for undergraduates are offered each year, including the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention’s Research Experience for Undergraduates summer internships.

Congressman Fattah is the senior Democrat on the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Since 1995 he has represented Pennsylvania’s 2nd District, comprising West, Northwest, and North Philadelphia, and Cheltenham Township.