Abby Rix Degge, MSW’11

  • Medical Social Worker, University of Maryland Medical Center

“Every day I draw on my experience gained from the PAC program. The program opened the door for me to have these life-changing opportunities early on in my career at UMMC. Penn’s outstanding reputation coupled with a specific skill set gained through the PAC program made me highly desirable in a competitive job market and at an institution as large as UMMC. While not every medical specialty requires a social worker with a geriatric knowledge base, every specialty across the healthcare spectrum will be faced with the need for one as the aging population continues to grow. While the positions I’ve held have not included an exclusively geriatric population, I’ve been able to enrich the programs with my background in aging. My graduate internship with Journey’s Way Geriatric Counseling Service increased the breadth of my clinical knowledge and provided me with hands-on opportunities to build strong therapeutic relationships with a diverse population of adults facing complex psychosocial issues related to aging. Furthermore, my PAC coursework provided me with diagnostic tools and evaluative measurements I use in everyday practice to assess patients and provide them with evidence-based interventions. My time at Penn and my decision to complete the PAC program is one of the smartest decisions I have ever made; it has equipped me to be a well-rounded social worker and an effective social change agent.”

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