OHSU medical student and PA student awarded $4,000 scholarships at OMA event
With a little suspense and a lot of gratitude, two School of Medicine students were each awarded a $4,000 scholarship in April from the Oregon Medical Education Foundation, a charitable organization of the Oregon Medical Association.
The unconventional scholarships, awarded based on a random drawing at the second annual Party in the Pearl event, are intended to call attention to and help reduce the burden of student debt.
"Student indebtedness is a becoming a limiting factor for our future physician and physician assistant workforce," said Fran Biagioli, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and OMA president. "While it's gratifying to be able to offer these scholarships, we must do more. OMA and the School of Medicine are both committed to finding ways to ease the cost burden of medical training."
The OHSU awardees from the medical and physician assistant training programs were:
Shanley Deal, a third year medical student and class president of the class of 2014, is a student representative on the OMA's Health Care Finance Committee. Originally from Tacoma, Wash., she spent most of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. She took part in a child and family health service-learning experience in South Africa and plans to pursue a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
Karie Zweifel, a first year PA student in the OHSU Physician Assistant Program, is a trained phlebotomist and medical assistant in dermatology and family practice and holds bachelor degrees in biology and psychology from the University of South Dakota. While volunteering in public high schools in Reno, Nev., spreading the good word about being a PA, she recognized the lack of incentives for underprivileged students to pursue medicine and went on to create the Native American/Alaskan Indian Health Care Scholarship. She was elected by her peers to represent OHSU at the national level in AAPA.
The OMA is an organization of over 8,000 physicians, physician assistants, and students organized to serve and support physicians in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org.
The Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF) was formed by the OMA in 1961. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of medical science through education; it also serves as a repository for special and memorial gifts.
Shanley Deal, MS3
Karie Zweifel, PAS1