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Keerthy D. Joseph receives Endowment for ESASID Scholarship

The Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent (ESASID) scholarship of $2,000 was awarded to Keerthy D. Joseph by the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Joseph currently resides in Philadelphia and is a fourth-year medical student specializing in internal medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is from Springfield and is the daughter of George Padickal and Jessy Joseph.

2018-ESASID-Recipient-Keerthy-Joseph-EmailJoseph’s family came to the United States when she was just nine years old. While her parents had successful careers in India – her father as a businessman and her mother as a college professor – they sacrifice the life they had established for the promise of educational opportunity for their children.

“I told myself that I would work as hard as I can in school, earn good grades and make my parents proud with my education,” Joseph said. Through perseverance and hard work, Joseph graduated from Springfield High School as valedictorian in 2011 and has excelled in her medical education.

As a fourth-year medical student, Joseph looks forward to starting her career and giving back to a community that has given her so much. She is interested in serving among underserved populations in other nations through mission trips as well. “I will work as a mentor for medical students involved in volunteering activities in the community and guide them as they do physicals and diagnose various diseases. I would love to eventually become a medical school professor and give lectures to first and second-year medical students. Finally, and very importantly, I would like to establish a scholarship to assist students in financial need, similar to how both Dr. Jitendra Desai and Dr. Saryu Desai have kindly started the ESASID scholarship. I personally believe being involved in my community through both medicine-related and non-medicine related activities will be crucial in nurturing my personal growth as an individual, and I thank the Desai family for being thoughtful in starting this scholarship.”

Joseph also hopes to make an impact in her community through her personal interests – singing in her church, participating in local runs and walks, and sponsoring wellness fests to help spread health education to the public. “It is my dream to initiate a well-equipped care center for children in need that has both academic and health care facilities,” she said.

In 2002, Jitendra M. Desai, MD, and Saryu J. Desai, MD, of Sewickley, 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 that support medical education, physician health and excellence in practice. It has been helping to finance medical education for more than 60 years.

For more information about this scholarship, or other scholarship opportunities, please visit For questions, contact the Foundation’s Student Financial Services Director, Deborah Monko, at (717) 558-7854.