The Lycoming County Medical Society announced three $2,500 medical school scholarship recipients.
Katie M. Jean, daughter of Todd and Gloria Jean, of Montoursville. She attends the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
David H. Johnson, son of Henry and Cyndee Johnson, of Cogan Station. He attends the Commonwealth Medical College.
Jed T. Ritter, son of Wayne and Joni Ritter, of Hughesville. He attends the Penn State College of Medicine.
Jean, a Cornell University graduate, completed a shadowing internship at Weill Cornell Medical College where she became especially interested in the distinctive obstacles pediatrics pose to orthopedics. She hopes to help to devise new ways to give patients back the quality of life that disease takes away from them. She said, "Through clinical and research experiences during college, my passion for studying medical technology and the mechanical functioning of the human body has grown. These opportunities have also demonstrated that there is great fulfillment in working with individuals to help improve their lives."
Johnson plans to pursue primary care and maintains a strong interest in ophthalmology. He plans to research cancer and the human eye. He said, "Medicine offers a tangible venue for me to interact with others at their lowest points in life and to offer them help, not just physically, but holistically."
Ritter is interested in emergency care and intends to practice medicine in central Pennsylvania. He said, "As an individual reared in a large family, it is important to me to remain close to my roots. In doing so, I will make every effort to embrace the community and to instill an open, friendly, compassionate environment in my practice."
In 2002, Lycoming County Medical Society began awarding the scholarship to benefit medical students from the county. Contributions from area physicians support the scholarship, and The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society administers the funds.
Lycoming County Medical Society provides member physicians with educational presentations, networking opportunities, and legislative and administrative support. It also serves as a community resource for public health information and communication.