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AMES Winners Named

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Foundation awarded the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship to Pa. medical students. The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, a statewide volunteer group, is dedicated to healthy communities and the preservation of the doctor-patient relationship. The group has awarded its Alliance Medical Education Scholarship Fund for more than a decade to benefit deserving medical students.

Find photos of winners here: https://www.pamedsoc.org/foundation/student-financial-services/scholarships/AMES

This award is possible thanks to contributions from Alliance members, general and memorial contributions. The organization also holds an annual fundraiser. Students will be presented the award at the event to be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa.

Recipients are:

Alexander J. Adams, son of Mark and Darlene Adams, of Valley Forge, Pa. He is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He intends to specialize in orthopedic surgery. He will receive $2,500 to apply to his tuition.

Adams said, "With the future of medicine moving ultimately toward personalized care through greater understanding of the genetics, as well as psychosocial and cultural basis of health and disease, I feel that the doctor-patient relationship must also transition from the dynamics of provider/client to more personal and transparent care."

Jamil Alhassan, son of Yolanda Taylor, of  Philadelphia. He is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He plans to specialize in family medicine and psychiatry. He will receive $2,500 to apply to his tuition.

Alhassan said, "As the health care system adapts to become more cost-effective, the role of prevention, as opposed to intervention, will be crucial. A more health conscious and medically educated youth population will be equipped with beneficial habits for a healthy lifestyle and will mature into healthy adults, resulting in a healthier Pennsylvania."

Christopher X. Hong, is the recipient of the Dauphin County Medical Society Alliance award of the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship.  Hong, son of Duc and Tranle Hong, of  Mechanicsburg, Pa., is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He plans to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. He will receive $2,500 to apply to his tuition.

Hong said, "My hope for the future is that we can foster a system that inspires, trains, and supports Pennsylvanian residents to become physicians that understand the complexities in the communities they serve. In doing so, we will not only help alleviate our state's physician shortage but also help promote community-centered health care. To achieve that goal, I believe we need to offer more incentives for Pennsylvanians to train and practice medicine in-state. I am very grateful for the advocacy Pennsylvania Medical Society and scholarships such as the AMES, which supports Pennsylvanian medical students like myself."

Ahmed I. Kashkoush, son of Ismail Kashkoush and Soheir Kandil, of  Orefield, Pa. He is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is the recipient of the Barbara Prendergast Alliance Medical Education Scholarship offered through The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He intends to specialize in neurosurgery. He will receive $2,500 to apply to his tuition.

Kashkoush said, "Due to a predicted workforce shortage being driven by an expansion of health care insurance coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans, I envision that the future of Pennsylvania medicine will primarily encompass public policy initiatives that support primary care infrastructure in order to ultimately improve patient health care access."

Mona Lotfipour, daughter of Asghar and Narges Lotfipour, of Trucksville, is a medical student at Penn State University College of Medicine. She intends to specialize in ophthalmology. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition. In 2015, she was also the recipient of the  Scott A. Gunder, MD, Dauphin County Medical Society Presidential Scholarship and the AMES scholarship.

Lotfipour said, "Public health is a critical component of the future of medicine in our state. Ensuring that we move forward with preventative health measure and have safety nets in place to catch as many members of vulnerable populations as we can would ensure that residents of Pennsylvania live longer and healthier."

Rachel Z. Polinski, is the recipient of the Dr. William J. West Jr., Alliance Medical Education Scholarship offered through The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Polinski, daughter of  Daniel and Judy Polinski, of Sayre, Pa., is a medical student at The Commonwealth Medical College. She plans to specialize in family medicine, pathology or emergency medicine. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition.

Polinski said, "My vision for Pennsylvania medicine includes doctors who are a medical tour de force across the state, who encourage their patients to feel comfortable and accepted, ask about what their patients enjoy, and learn what their patients understand about their health issues.  This is the kind of medicine I hope to practice in Pennsylvania in the future. Ultimately, our goal as physicians is to guide, educate, and make every effort we can to heal our patients as people in need."

Graeme R. Williams, is the recipient of the Robert & Arlene Oyler Alliance Medical Education Scholarship offered through The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Williams, son of George Williams and Karol Williams, both of Newtown, is a medical student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He will receive $3,000 to apply to his tuition

Williams said, "The future of medicine in Pennsylvania is promising, but our degree of success is contingent on changing the way we think about medicine and the way we train physicians. If we can unite rural and urban, primary care and specialists, and attendings and trainees we can effect positive changes that help patients around the corner as well as patients across the country."

The Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, has been helping to finance medical education for more than 60 years.  The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society provides programs and services for individual physicians and others that improve the well-being of Pennsylvanians and sustain the future of medicine.

For information about this scholarship, call the Foundation's Student Financial Services office at (717) 558-7854.

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