Helping Finance Physician Education
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, a nonprofit affiliate of PAMED, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice. It has been helping finance physician education for more than 60 years.
“We recognize that medical students play a vital role in the future of medicine in Pennsylvania, so we proudly administer scholarships to deserving students across the commonwealth,” says Heather Wilson, the Foundation’s executive director.
Applications for several scholarships will be accepted July 1–Sept. 30, 2016.
Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Education (LeCoMASE) Fund Scholarship
2016-2017 Academic Year Award
A qualified medical student will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.
Applications Accepted July 1 – Sept. 30, 2016
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is pleased to administer the LeCoMASE Fund Scholarship for medical students who are residents of Lehigh County. This scholarship is made possible by contributions from the Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Education (LeCoMASE) Fund.
The Myrtle Siegfried, MD and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship
2016-2017 Academic Year Award
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified medical student
Applications Accepted July 1 – Sept. 30, 2016
Established in 1999, the Myrtle Siegfried, MD, and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship is awarded to a qualified first-year medical student residing in Berks, Lehigh, or Northampton County. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited United States medical school. The scholarship was made possible through a memorial contribution from Elena Pascal, Foundation trustee, and her sister, Carla Vigilante, in honor of their parents, Drs. Siegfried and Vigilante, who practiced medicine in Allentown for more than 50 years.
“Through this endowment we have created a lasting remembrance of our parents and their achievements, and returned something to the profession that my parents so loved,” Pascal said.
Scholarship application materials will be accepted beginning July 1 at the Foundation and must be received and postmarked on or before September 30. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 1.
To find out more about scholarships, call the Foundation at 717-558-7852, or visit the Student Financial Services page at The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
Since 1948, more than $19.6 million in loans and scholarships has been awarded to nearly 4,500 students.
Thank you to the generous contributors who have made these scholarships possible! If you would like to donate to the future of medical education through any of these designated funds, make your check payable to The Foundation of the PA Medical Society, and indicate which scholarship you would like to support in the memo line. Mail your gift to the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, 777 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA, 17105.
If you have questions regarding support of student scholarships, please feel free to contact Marjorie Lamberson, CFRE, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-558-7846.
Medical students are the future of healthcare leadership and delivery. The LCMS finds the fresh perspectives, energy, and initiative from medical students to be invaluable to the growth of the organization and to the expanding engagement with the surrounding community. In addition to having a direct dialogue with physicians at board meetings and having mentorship and networking opportunities with established physicians, medical students are able to be involved in the political process, be active in the community, and create their own student-led initiatives. Below are some examples of what medical students have done with the LCMS over the past year:
October 17 – 19, 2014, PA Medical Society (PAMED) House of Delegates:
The LCMS sponsored 3rd year medical student Samson Lu to travel with other members of the LCMS to Hershey, PA, to vote on important state-level bills that affect the practice of all PA physicians, residents, and even medical students. The main achievements for medical students this year was the recognition of the USF SELECT campus in Allentown as a PA medical school with voting rights and the secured funding from PAMED for one delegate per school to attend the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section annual and interim meetings.
“An active democracy was unfolding before me. While conversation and argument were bountiful, the productive actions set into place for the next year were many, including getting $200 million returned to physicians who were erroneously paying into an Mcare insurance fund, setting standards for Telemedicine, petitioning Medicare for coverage of Tdap vaccines, and creating a research committee to decide whether the membership dues to PAMED are too high. The most notable victory for the medical students was a bill drafted by Diana Huang from Temple University School of Medicine that protected funds from PAMED to sponsor student delegates and alternates to attend the national AMA House of Delegates meetings. The funding had been cut during the year, but this bill passed with a unanimous decision to restore funding, after which there was such enthusiastic applause that a chill went down my spine. We made progress. And although the process may be slow at times, even medical students can make a difference…I realized that as a voting member of the MSS, I had some power into whether or not bills moved on past the MSS. LCMS and PAMED are significant and tangible avenues of widespread change, and I am ever grateful for learning how to get involved and put forth my voice to help shape the practice of medicine.” – Samson Lu, MS3
To learn more about what to expect at the HOD meeting and how to get the most out of the experience, please contact Samson Lu, MS4, at Sen.Lu@lvhn.org.
February 6, 2015, Muhlenberg College Prehealth Fair:
Two 4th year medical students, Chris Pothering and Yasir Abunamous, attended an event hosted by Muhlenberg College and its premedical society to speak with interested premedical students about medical school, and gave advice on what to expect, how they should prepare, and answering other student questions. They also were able to share their experiences with the new, local USF SELECT program. The event had tables for many different health fields.
To learn more about planning events premedical events, please contact Samson Lu, MS4, at Sen.Lu@lvhn.org.
This ongoing program originated from the work that 3rd year medical student Jose Soto had previously done in Tampa, FL, with high school students from disadvantaged communities. Other 3rd year medical students Nick James, Joe Stidham, Mike Goodwin, Peggy Bettin, Pam Kim, April Pearson, and 1st year resident Dr. Preetinder Singh, have dedicated many hours to this program.
“This LCMS-sponsored medical student-run education program aims to both educate local middle and high school students from the Allentown school district about common diseases as well as encourage under-represented minority students to pursue careers in health care.
Our focus is the teaching of fundamental critical thinking skills and the foundations of knowledge necessary for a career in healthcare. The topics focus on pertinent medical diseases that are prevalent in the community, such as diabetes mellitus, mental health disorders, and obesity. There are monthly three-hour meetings for this group, which include: one hour of interactive lecture where the students are taught the basic mechanisms of disease, one and a half hours of clinical problem solving where the students will put the knowledge they learned to use, and thirty minutes to be used to wrap up the session. We also teach topic-specific medical skills, such as suturing, blood pressure measurements and the physical exam.
The Allentown School District students that we work with are motivated and interested in healthcare careers. Due to that, working with them is exciting and extremely rewarding. Many of them already have strong areas of interest, such as neurology, physical therapy, and trauma surgery. As the program develops and grows, we hope to establish a partnership with the Learning For Life program so that this program can become an Explorer’s post that can continue to serve this population well into the future.” – Jose Soto, MS3.
To learn more about this program, please contact Jose Soto, MS4, at Jose.Soto@lvhn.org.
Leadership opportunities are available with the MSS starting in June, 2015.
1) President – also a member of the Board of Trustees.
a. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Student Section and represent the Student Section on the Board of Trustees, and perform such other duties as custom and parliamentary usage may require or as may be prescribed by these by-laws. The President shall appoint, and shall be an ex-officio member without the right to vote of all committees except as otherwise provided in these by-laws.
a. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the performance of their duties, perform the duties of the President in the event of his absence or disability, and shall perform such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Board of Trustees. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President shall succeed to the office of President and serve as President during the remainder of his term of office. The Vice-President would also be President-Elect.
a. The Secretary shall record the minutes of meetings of the Student Section. The Secretary shall conduct the official correspondence of the Student Section, send out all notices and perform all other duties prescribed by these by-laws or ordered by the Board of Trustees.
4) Delegates to the PAMED MSS
a. The President and Vice-President or their designees shall function as the delegates to the Pennsylvania Medical Society student section.
Officers will be nominated by the previous year’s officers before May of each year, except 2015. Positions will be elected by majority vote of all present Student Members at the first meeting of each academic year by paper ballot. Terms are annual from May 1st – April 30th, except 2015, for which the start date will be in October.
The MSS will meet monthly except in July & August. There is a quorum of 10% of the MSS for any MSS transaction of business.
Membership to the LCMS and PAMED are free for medical students. Medical students who join the LCMS will automatically be members of the MSS. Delegates who attend the PAMED House of Delegates meeting will be voting members of the PAMED MSS.