Medical Society Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
The Lancaster Medical Society Foundation, a foundation of Lancaster City & County Medical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Foundation Scholarships. These students have earned numerous academic and leadership awards, and they have been involved in research and clinical experiences.
Vellucci, a Penn Manor and Shippensburg University graduate, is a first-year student at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. From her professional, clinical and volunteer experiences, she learned the importance and difficulty in managing a patient’s mental and emotional needs in addition to physical disease.
""It is the physician’s ability to fulfill this humanistic role that compelled me to pursue a career as a physician,” explains Vellucci. "A physician is responsible for more than a diagnosis. In a profession that relies on teamwork, I am excited to effectively manage my future patients’ physical, mental and emotional health through inter-professional collaboration and patient-centered care.”
Gross, a Lancaster resident and first-year medical student at The University of Vermont College of Medicine, saw his vision for a career in medicine take root during his post-graduate research fellowship at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. As a trauma research coordinator, he was exposed to a diverse array of both clinical and non-clinical experiences.
"I’ve come to realize that scientific research, combined with the power of human connection, could be a springboard for transforming the lives of real people," said Gross. "As a physician, I could play a key role both as investigator and motivator, promoting a holistic, humanistic approach to health and healing. This, above all else, solidified my decision to pursue a career in medicine.”
Batchelder, is a recent Dickinson College graduate and a first-year medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine. From an early age, the thought of having knowledge of the human body and its workings thrilled her, and witnessing a family member’s trauma as a child sparked her interest in medicine.
"For as long as I can remember, the sciences have captivated me,” shared Batchelder, "and the ability to heal people with love and compassion resonated with me. I have seen the deep impact of quality medicine – consisting of strategic planning, knowledge, compassion, empowerment and advocacy. Medicine is a beautiful union between science and compassion. The union between these two seemingly disparate ideas is what drives my desire to become a doctor.”
Lancaster Medical Society Foundation scholarships are given to residents of Lancaster County who are attending allopathic or osteopathic medical schools. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit good character and motivation, and show financial need.
The Scholarship Foundation is generously supported by the Lancaster County medical community, through hospitals and health systems, group practices, individual medical society members, and local businesses support the fund.