Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services Newsletter

PMACS IS Quarterly Newsletter


  • Activeusers/total users: 71/504
  • CPU hours: 430,294
  • Active users/total users: 59/243
  • Number of studies: 69
  • Number of sample: 542,966
  • Active users/total users: 341/1162
  • Total subject count: 89,483
  • Total studies: 3,341
  • Total number of users: 8,068
  • Total projects: 7,025
  • Total data collection instruments: 47,521

Technology Initiatives


New web sites for the Perelman School and the Dean

On September 26, 2017, the Perelman School of Medicine and The Office of the Dean web sites went live. Over the summer a collaboration of the Dean's office, Executive Vice Dean’s office, and the PMACS Web team developed and reviewed wireframes, mockups, and web site content to create these updated sites.

The goals for these sites included providing a modern look and feel with dynamic content including the following:

  • Focus on the missions of Patient Care, Research, and Education
  • Incorporation of the events calendar and news
  • Mobile-friendly interface using responsive design principles
  • Incorporating appropriately existing content and navigation from the previous web site.

Use of the web site has increased consistently after the rollout of the new site.


SPP Upgrade

PMACS, partnered with Media Technology & Production and the Standardized Patient Program to upgrade the technology that powers the standardized patient rooms in the Rittenhouse Simulation Center. The new platform became available in September (at the beginning of the Fall semester) and serves over 2,000 learners per year across multiple professions and at all levels of training.

With the upgrade, high definition video and audio replaced older, lower resolution video recordings. In addition, CAE LearningSpace replaced EMS Arcadia as the software and video streamlining platform that manages the Standardized Patient Program. The new platform makes it easier to schedule, track and review learning encounters.

User Tip

Two-Step Verification

The University is in the process of requiring all staff to enroll in Two-Step Verification by mid-November.

What is Two-Step Verification?

Two-Step Verification provides additional protection when accessing PennKey protected web sites and applications. With Two-Step enabled you’ll continue to log in with your PennKey and password, however, a second step will be required to verify your identity using a device in your possession (such as a mobile phone or fob).  With two-step verification your PennKey is protected even if your password is stolen.

What do you need to do?

Enroll in Two-Step at:

After logging in with your PennKey, and verifying your identity, you can:

  • Install the Duo Mobile App on your Android or iPhone to receive "push notifications" or generate passcodes to enter in your browser. This is recommended!
  • Receive a text message with a passcode on your mobile phone -no smartphone required.
  • Use a fob to generate a passcode -no phone required. This is not recommended for most people. If you would like to use a fob, please put in a request to Client Services through your LSP.

You can also find out more information about the two-step verification service as well as information regarding managing your settings from the link above.

When should you enroll?

Enroll at your earliest convenience.  After November 14, University of Pennsylvania web sites which prompt for your PennKey will also require you to provide two-step verification.

For additional information:

PSOM Staff: or call 215-573-INFO.

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