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Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent Scholarship Awarded

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anup K. Bhattacharya, a student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, recently received a $2,000 scholarship from the Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent (ESASID) Fund administered by The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.  This is the second consecutive year that he has earned this scholarship.

Bhattacharya, of Philadelphia, is son of the (late) Amit K. Bhattacharya and Sara S. Bhattacharya of Springfield.  He plans to specialize in diagnostic radiology. He earned a double major in Biological Basis of Behavior (Neuroscience) and Economics at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  He said, "My interest in medicine began in my high school years, when I first become enthralled with the basic science classes, including biology, chemistry, and physics. I always knew I loved the foundational science courses, but I wanted to find a way to apply that knowledge to a career in which I could be of benefit to our fellow mankind."
            Addressing Bhattacharya's goals in medicine, he said, " I aspire to be an academic neuroradiologist, someone who is at the forefront of discovery of the newest imaging modalities to benefit our patients and cure diseases which have ailed our world for decades without treatment. I wish to be a voice and leader for implementing change in medicine – something that starts with a question and proposed treatment for that patient at the bedside and goes back to the laboratory bench to see what novel ideas we can use to make life even a tiny bit better for that human being."
            In 2002, Jitendra M. Desai, MD, and Saryu J. Desai, MD, of Sewickley, Pa., initiated the ESASID scholarship within the Foundation to provide opportunities for South Asian Indian students who demonstrate academic excellence. Physicians and other friends of medicine support the scholarship.

The Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs supporting medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice.  It has been helping to finance medical education for more than 60 years.

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

Mission: 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.