How do I participate?

Patients who are scheduled for a health care appointment at Penn State Hershey may be mailed a brochure describing the opportunity to participate in the Institute for Personalized Medicine’s effort to collect medical samples. During your doctor visit, you may be approached by an Institute staff member who will discuss the program with you and answer any of your questions.

You may also call 855-369-3540 (toll free) or e-mail IPM@hmc.psu.edu to learn more about participating.

Do I have to participate?

Participation is completely voluntary. No matter what you decide, now or in the future, it will not affect any aspect of your health care or relationship with Penn State Hershey. You may quit at any time if you participate.

How can I help?

Agree to donate samples from your current health care. A full explanation of participation will be presented by a staff member during the process of agreeing to donate samples (called consent).

These samples include:

• Extra blood (up to two tablespoons) when you are already having blood drawn for your care, and, if you have surgery or a medical procedure, leftover tissue, fluid, or cells (called “samples”) that would otherwise be discarded during the course of your care.

• Additional health information not always collected during your care, such as your smoking history, race, and family’s health history.

• Saliva, which can be used in place of blood for certain research needs, such as studying “DNA”, your genetic material.

What is involved in the program?

• We ask that you donate extra blood (up to two tablespoons) when you are already having blood drawn for your care, and, if you have surgery or a medical procedure, donate whatever leftover tissue, fluid, or cells (called “samples”) that would otherwise be discarded during the course of your care.

• Provide some additional health information not always collected during your care, such as your smoking history, race, and family’s health history.

• Allow your protected health information (PHI) to be matched with your samples for processing and tracking.

• Allow your de-identified health information to be matched with your de-identified samples for research.

• Allow researchers to collect a saliva sample. Saliva can be used in place of blood for certain research needs, such as studying “DNA”, your genetic material.

Contact Us:

Phone: 855-369-3540 (toll free)
Email: IPM@hmc.psu.edu