Five PCOM Students Named National Health Service Corps ScholarsMarch 6, 2015
Five students from PCOM were recently named National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholars
for 2014. From Philadelphia, the winners were (left, from left to right): Katelyn
Brendel (DO ’18), Robert Gadomski (DO ’17) and Claire Bogan, (DO ’18) . From GA-PCOM,
the winners were (below right, from left to right): Sandra Sheffield (DO ’18), and
Nichole Love (DO ’17).
The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a stipend
in return for a commitment to work (in the approved profession for which the scholar
is awarded) at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in an underserved community.
Service begins after graduation (and completion of primary care residency training).
The NHSC has thousands of approved sites (i.e., federally qualified health center,
rural health clinic, tribal or urban Indian health clinic or public health department)
located in urban, rural and frontier communities across the U.S.
The Corps will provide technical support to scholars as they search for the site and
community that is right for them. While serving, scholars earn a competitive salary
and benefits, which is paid by the NHSC-approved site.
The NHSC Scholarship application process is highly competitive; this year, there were
more than 1,800 applications from hundreds of schools from across the country. Approximately
10 percent of the applicants received the scholarship award, and five of them are
from PCOM. As a result of this impressive showing, the College is ranked among the
top 20 schools with NHSC scholarship awardees.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must above all demonstrate
a commitment to primary care and to delivering it in underserved communities, along
with an interest to serve beyond completion of their NHSC service requirements. Ms.
Bogan, who received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Camden, said that during
her community service activities there, she saw how many families struggled with trauma
associated with poverty. “That solidified my desire to work in an underserved community,”
PCOM has consistently had a strong showing in the NHSC scholarship program. Charmaine
Chan, DO ’05, was named a scholar while a student at PCOM, and found her time in the
“After I landed the scholarship, my career took the road less traveled,” Dr. Chan
explains. “I chose to go to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. The majority of our
elderly patients spoke only Navajo, requiring us to work with interpreters. I did
full-spectrum family medicine, worked in a school-based health center, and explored
the Southwest in my spare time. I was doing ‘international’ medicine right in the
middle of the U.S.” (Read more about Dr. Chan’s experience with the NHSC.)
“Far too many people in the U.S. have limited access to health care services, and
members of the NHSC help bridge this gap by practicing in communities that have a
shortage of primary care health professionals,” says Capt. Jeanean Willis-Marsh, the
Bureau of Health Workforce’s Division of National Health Service Corps Director. “Our
scholarship program offers health professions students an opportunity to follow their
passion to become a primary care provider while receiving funding for their education.
In return, students commit to practice at an approved NHSC site in underserved communities
in urban, rural and frontier areas across the country. A vast majority of these students
continue to practice in these communities long after their NHSC commitment has ended."
For more information on the NHSC, please visit: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
For the past 125 years, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained
thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral
scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just
symptoms. PCOM, a private, not-for-profit accredited institution of higher education,
operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and school psychology. The college also offers
graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical
sciences, forensic medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling,
physician assistant studies, and school psychology. PCOM students learn the importance
of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its
community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations.
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