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Representatives from the programs in Erie, Lehigh Valley, New Jersey and Pittsburgh also presented posters at the Philadelphia Symposium. One of the goals of the Symposium is to provide an opportunity for attendees to network and to exchange information about resources throughout the city.
A plenary session followed the poster presentations. Dr. Donald Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, kicked off the session, welcoming attendees and speaking briefly about Bridging the Gaps and its role in the City of Philadelphia. Dr. Schwarz was followed by a former Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholar, Chris Renjilian, MD (2011), now a pediatric intern at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who spoke about the impact of Bridging the Gaps on his professional development. Small groups of 2011 BTG CHIP interns also presented vignettes illustrating perspectives on their BTG CHIP experience. These included three videos and one oral presentation.
The 2011 BTG award was presented to plenary session keynote speaker Bob Hurley. A former high school and college basketball player, Hurley has been the head coach for St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., for 38 years. With a career record of 1017-110, he is the winningest high school coach in New Jersey history. In 2008 he entered the national record books with 25 all-time state titles and six undefeated seasons. Three times USA Today named him National High School Coach of the Year. Coach Hurley has mentored 150 players who received college scholarships; five players have gone on to the NBA and two to major league baseball.
Only the second high school coach ever to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Hurley has spent a lifetime motivating and guiding others in athletics and in life.
Dr. Donald Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, kicked off the session, followed by former BTG Clinical Scholar, Chris Renjilian, MD, 2011, (pictured above), who is now a pediatric intern at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Small groups of 2011 BTG CHIP interns also presented vignettes illustrating perspectives on their BTG CHIP experience. These included three videos and one oral presentation.
BTG 2011 honoree Bob Hurley, the winningist high school coach in New Jersey history, was the plenary sesssion keynote speaker, introduced by Lucy Tuton, BTG executive director (pictured above).
BTG 20th Anniversary Tribute
At the 2008 Symposium, two of the student coordinators entertained the crowd with their performance of an educational rap, “Circulatory System,” by Rhythm, Rhymes, Results, with the addition of some of the students’ own lyrics.