Lycoming County Medical Society (LCMS) awarded a $3,000 scholarship to local medical student Hannah R. Bohr, daughter of Michael and Brenda Bohr of Williamsport. She is a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton.
Bohr can remember the exact moment when she realized what it really meant to be a doctor. Working as a medical scribe in the emergency room at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, she witnessed the professional and prompt care provided to a gun-shot victim. It was also the first time she witnessed a death. “Working in the ER as a medical scribe has had a profound effect on my attitude toward the practice of medicine,” she said. “It is no longer this ambitious lofty goal. Medicine has become real and tactile; it is messy, bloody and noisy.”
She is grateful for the experience to witness the physicians who serve as an inspiration. “The opportunity to work alongside dedicated physicians practicing the science and art of medicine has made a lasting impression on me,” Bohr said. “Observing their keen decision-making abilities, their capacity to lead and delegate tasks, and most importantly their compassion and skill as they treat patients has shown me the immense contributions a doctor can make to a community and has given me a blueprint for the type of physician I want to become.”
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.
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.