Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) awarded a $2,000 scholarship to local medical student Mary Chen, daughter of Ban-Tai Chen and Hsiu-Yuk Rosa Chang of Blue Bell. She is a first-year medical student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
During her undergraduate years at Penn State University, Chen was drawn to courses where she could learn about the human body and clinical applications of medicine. But what most intrigued her about the medical profession “is the unique privilege and ability to interact with patients,” she said. “I want to be a doctor because I love the physiology and constant learning of the field, but also highly value this ‘human’ facet of medicine. The amount of trust patients place in their health care providers is incredibly unique and a very special piece that is difficult to replicate in other careers.”
Chen is interested in working with children, a cause she became especially passionate about during her time serving with City Year Philadelphia, an 11-month AmeriCorps program focused on mentoring students in and outside the classroom in inner city schools.
“I would love to eventually be able to see my own patients and be involved in medical education in the Philadelphia area,” she said. “The kids I worked with at Grover [Washington Jr. Middle School] during my time in City Year have had a big impact on my life, and in the future, I hope to practice in medically underserved urban communities – hopefully in the same area.”
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.