Naseem Zomorodi is the recipient of the Scott A. Gunder, MD, Dauphin County Medical Society Presidential Scholarship offered through The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Zomorodi, a second-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine, will receive $1,500 toward her tuition. She is the daughter of Ahmad and Parvin Zomorodi, of Mechanicsburg.
Zomorodi cites her mother as the greatest influence on her journey into medicine. “Growing up, I learned from her daily acts of selflessness as both a patient, caring mother and computer science professor who goes above and beyond for her students,” she said.
Zomorodi’s mother taught her to “appreciate the unique aspects of others that make them who they are,” she said. She plans to use this valuable lesson as a future physician. “Wherever my career takes me, I know it will always be a priority for me to get to know my patients as people and respond to their individual needs,” she said.
As a child, Zomorodi found her mother’s diary, which documented accounts of participating in protests as an undergraduate student during the Iranian Revolution. When she asked about the experience, her mother replied, “you have to do what you think is right to make the world a better place.” This spirit has influenced Zomorodi to be proactive as a patient advocate and in pursuing research interests.
“As a medical professional, I will always empower others to pursue their passions, just as my mother has done for me,” Zomorodi said. “I will set an example by consistently expressing empathy to not just my patients, but everyone around me. Finally, whether it’s resolutions or research projects, I hope to inspire others by seeking out experiences and causes that are meaningful to me and encouraging others to do the same.”
Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded the Scott A. Gunder, MD, Dauphin County Medical Society Presidential Scholarship to a second-year medical student attending Penn State College of Medicine. Through this scholarship, the memory of Gunder, a 39-year-old Harrisburg gastroenterologist will continue.
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.