The Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Foundation awarded a $4,000 scholarship to Mara K. Rice-Stubbs, daughter of Marc and Eileen Rice, of Pittsburgh. She is a third-year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as president of her class.
Rice-Stubbs began her career as a critical care nurse in 2011. An experience during that time shaped one of her greatest passions – physician wellness. “One of the residents I worked with had been secretly struggling with depression and took his own life,” she said. “He was a gregarious 26-year-old with a bright future whose life ended prematurely. After his death, I promised to never forget him and to work tirelessly to prevent the same tragic outcome for future trainees.”
She acknowledges that combating burnout is a critical issue in the field of health care. “I believe one of the greatest services we can provide for our patients is to promote the wellness of those who will be caring for them,” she said.
Rice-Stubbs hopes to “create a physician wellness program in order to help physicians stay connected to the values that led them to a career in medicine in the first place.”
She has translated her passion into action at the University of Pittsburgh. “I have developed and implemented the wellness curriculum which functions as a course in stress management, student skills, when and how to seek help, and maintaining balance and perspective,” she said. “The program has been extremely beneficial to students and continues to grow in its impact.”
In 2004, ACMS Foundation established this annual scholarship with $10,000 in seed money, which has grown to maturity thanks to generous contributions from the ACMS Foundation and local physicians. Eligibility includes status as a third- or fourth-year Pennsylvania medical student from Allegheny County; U.S. citizenship; and full-time enrollment in a Pennsylvania medical school.
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is pleased to administer the fund for ACMS Foundation. ACMS’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians.
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 www.foundationpamedsoc.org/student-financial-services/scholarships
. For questions, contact the Foundation’s Student Financial Services Director, Deborah Monko, at (717) 558-7854.