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 2019 Foundation Scholarships. These students have earned numerous academic and leadership awards, and they have been involved in research and clinical experiences.
Bankert is a graduate of Washington College and a first-year medical school student at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, New York. Prior to enrolling in medical school, he served as a clinical research coordinator at the Penn State of College of Medicine in the Neuromuscular Division and ALS Center.
Diagnosed with a pediatric disability at an early age, Bankert shares that his goal in life is to, "simply use the challenges and experiences that I have faced to cultivate a higher level of compassion, understanding, and willingness to do anything I can to assist the people around me.”
Maillie graduated from University of Notre Dame and following a gap year researching access to cancer care in Tanzania as a US Fulbright scholar, is currently in his first year at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He explains that his interest in medicine began to take shape as a high school volunteer at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
"My absolute passion for medicine, however, began the first time I traveled to Shirati, Tanzania,” said Maillie. "While there, I saw patients dying from cancers that were treatable because a family could not afford the bus ticket to the nearest center, located five hours away. Being an MD will allow me to help build systems and treat patients in low-resource settings so that the world of global cancer care becomes one of equitable excellence.”
Galbreath, a graduate of Villanova University, is a student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a small child his life was saved by a diagnosis and subsequent treatment at Lancaster General Hospital. As a result of that experience, over time the treating physician became a mentor and helped Galbreath develop and explore a passion to pursue a medical career.
"Dealing with personal medical issues has allowed me to develop a close relationship with my long-term physician and has taught me the importance of a trusting bond between patient and provider,” shares Galbreath. "It is my hope that through these personal experiences, I can show my future patients a certain compassion that helps them feel comfortable and allows me to provide them with the best possible care”
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.