Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) awarded a $2,000 scholarship to local medical student Adjoa A. Mante, daughter of Mamle and Francis Mante of Villanova. She is a first-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
“I am excited about pursuing a career in medicine and public health because within this dynamic field I can utilize my skills and passions to prevent illnesses, build relationships and pursue structural solutions to health disparities and inequities,” Mante said.
She is hoping to combine her MD program with a Masters of Science in health policy. “While doctors in the U.S. traditionally associate ‘healing’ with medication, I hope to use preventative medicine and community development as additional tools to address root causes of health disparities,” she said. “During my semester studying abroad in Cuba, I gained new appreciation for the importance of health policy and systems in shaping community health.”
Mante hopes to pursue a career in primary care. “My interest in practicing primary care in a community-based setting stems from my desire to develop long-term connections with community members and my appreciation for the importance of local environment as a determinant of health,” she said.
This award is possible, thanks to contributions from the Montgomery County Medical Society members and area physicians. The MCMS mission is to represent and serve all physicians of Montgomery County and their patients in order to preserve the doctor-patient relationship; maintain safe, quality care; advance the practice of medicine; and enhance the role of medicine and health care within the community and across Montgomery County and Pennsylvania.
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.