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The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
Aug. 28, 2017 FOR
Local Medical Students Receive Foundation Scholarship
Alliance Medical Education Scholarships Benefit Students Statewide
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.
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 awards Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa.
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 pediatric orthopedic surgery. He will receive the Dauphin County Medical Society Alliance award of $2,500 to apply to his tuition. He also received the award last year for a total of $5,000 toward his tuition.
"Pennsylvania is a state of great innovation and revolution, as a home to our country's first government, university, and medical school. It similarly leads in children's healthcare. Beginning with the 1992 CHIP Program, which served as a model for the 1997 Federal SCRIP to expand children's health insurance coverage, and followed by the 2007 ‘Cover all kids’ initiative, virtually every single child is covered today in Pennsylvania. These programs were hugely influential to children's healthcare in America and Pennsylvania has led the way, including most recently with changes to child abuse reporting laws that better facilitate children to get the care and protection that they deserve. I envision additional future Pa. leadership in pediatrics, and I look forward to contributing to this field personally through my intended specialty of pediatric orthopedic surgery."
Elisa Giusto, daughter of Felice and Ermelinda Giusto of Mountain Top, Pa. She is a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She plans to specialize in primary care. She will receive the Robert and Arlene Oyler award of $3,000 to apply to her tuition.
"With the rise of telemedicine, augmented reality in medical training, 3D printed organs, and medical apps galore, the future of medicine in Pennsylvania may seem like it will rely on further advances in technology, but instead I envision it as a return to the heart and art of medicine: the patient-physician relationship. The core of this relationship is effective communication skills, which consists of establishing a foundation of trust, communal understanding of goals of treatment, and psychosocial support. Studies have shown that patients who report effective communication with their physician are more likely to be satisfied with their care, participate in information- sharing for accurate diagnoses, and follow their prescribed treatment plan. In return, happy patients make happy physicians, resulting in reduced work-related stress, decreased burnout, and higher job satisfaction."
Evan A. Jones, son of William Jones and Margaret Billings-Jones of South Abington Township, Pa. He is a medical student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and intends to specialize in orthopedic surgery. He will receive $2,500 to apply to his tuition.
“The future of Pennsylvania medicine rests jointly in the hands of physicians and lawmakers. Collaboration between these groups is vital to putting an end to opioid abuse. Positive steps are being taken by both as evident by the recommendations put forth by the report of the Pa. bipartisan committee's tour of the Commonwealth in the Fall of 2016. Some of the ideas put forth may not be new or easily achieved, but action must be taken in some way, shape or form. The spotlight is fixed securely on the addiction crisis, and we must remain vigilant to rid our state of this plague.”
Alexis J. Lukach, daughter of Joseph and Anita Lukach of Rydal, Pa. She is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and intends to specialize in dermatology. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition. She also received the Foundation’s 2014 Montgomery County Medical Society scholarship for a total of $5,000 towards her tuition.
" As a future physician, I hope to share my enthusiasm for and knowledge of medicine with future medical students, encouraging them to challenge themselves to work hard, to think creatively, and to pursue their goals - supporting them just as my attendings support me today."
Linda Magana, daughter of Arturo and Tina Magana, of Toughkenamon, Pa. She is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and intends to specialize in otolaryngology. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition.
"The future of Pennsylvania medicine hinges on the inclusion of unique individuals who enter the realm of healthcare with not simply a view to pathophysiology and biomedicine, but who will challenge and improve the social, economic, and political environment of our patients. We must train students and leaders who recognize that medicine is more than a discipline or a course of study pursued for four years within a brick-and-mortar institution and then executed in the confines of a clinical exam room. Rather, medicine is a worldview that shapes every aspect of a how person considers those around them, a drive to pull apart and understand the human body through the healing arts at our disposal."
Ramzy Nagle, daughter of Ken and Ramzy Burns of New Tripoli, Pa. She is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and intends to specialize in urology. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition. She has received the Foundation’s 2016 Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Educational Fund award and the 2014 Myrtle Siegfried, MD, and Michael Viglante, MD scholarship for a total of $6,000 toward her tuition.
“My hope is that easier access to medical records will allow patients to become a more active player in their own care. Patients will be better prepared to ask important questions, which may aid us in deciding which step to take next. I hope patients will feel more empowered by this change, and no longer just a pawn in the massive game of health care. I also hope that access will increase patient adherence to medical recommendations.”
Rachel Z. Polinski is the recipient of the Dr. William J. West Jr., Alliance Medical Education Scholarship. Polinski, daughter of Daniel and Judy Polinski, of Sayre, Pa., is a medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She plans to specialize in emergency medicine. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition. She was a 2016 recipient of this award for a total of $5,000 toward her tuition.
"It is my sincere hope that Pennsylvania medicine can head in a direction similar to my physician’s techniques-a healthcare system in which patients are effectively educated where they can heal as people first. My vision includes doctors who are a medical tour de force across the state of Pennsylvania, who encourage their patients to feel comfortable and accepted. I'd like doctors to learn what their patients understand about their health issues, and ask what they enjoy.”
Carly E. Sokach is the recipient of the Barbara Prendergast award. Sokach, daughter of Stephen and Jeriann Sokach, of West Pittston, Pa., is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and intends to specialize in internal medicine. She will receive $2,500 to apply to her tuition.
"I am very grateful that the SKMC administration and faculty presented me with the opportunity to be involved with the restructuring of our medical education curriculum. The work I have completed for these committees and for the new curriculum has been the most rewarding investment of my extra-curricular time at Jefferson. By streamlining the medical education process, allowing students to learn more efficiently, and giving them the tools to easily access this knowledge in a clinical setting I have been privileged to contribute to the education of the next generation of physicians.”
Adam J. Weaver, son of Douglass and Janelle Weaver of Duncansville, Pa. He is a medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He will receive $2,500 to apply to his tuition. He also received the 2016 Blair County Medical Society Scholarship for a total of $3,500 toward his tuition.
“In medicine, times are rapidly changing in Pennsylvania, as is the case with the provision of healthcare across the entire nation. The importance of creating and maintaining a balance between the ever-evolving standards of quality care, the integration of more complex delivery systems, the shift toward a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach to tackling a variety of medical conditions, and maintaining positive patient relationships is paramount in determining its outcome. My vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine is one that optimizes the quality, access, and reduced cost of care while addressing this evolution, but does not sacrifice the experience of the patient in the process; we must accept and anticipate the potential realities of a dynamic medical metamorphosis if we are to conquer the challenges of tomorrow.”
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, or visit