The Foundation awarded the Alliance Medical Education Scholarship to Pa. medical students. The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, a statewide volunteer group, is dedicated to healthy communities and the preservation of the doctor-patient relationship. The group has awarded its Alliance Medical Education Scholarship Fund for more than a decade to benefit deserving medical students.
This award is possible thanks to contributions from Alliance members, general and memorial contributions. The organization also holds an annual fundraiser. Students will be presented awards Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa.
Recipients include Elisa Giusto, daughter of Felice and Ermelinda Giusto of Mountain Top. She is a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She plans to specialize in primary care. She will receive the Robert and Arlene Oyler award of $3,000 to apply to her tuition.
Giusto said, “With the rise of telemedicine, augmented reality in medical training, 3D printed organs, and medical apps galore, the future of medicine in Pennsylvania may seem like it will rely on further advances in technology, but instead I envision it as a return to the heart and art of medicine: the patient-physician relationship. The core of this relationship is effective communication skills, which consists of establishing a foundation of trust, communal understanding of goals of treatment, and psychosocial support. Studies have shown that patients who report effective communication with their physician are more likely to be satisfied with their care, participate in information-sharing for accurate diagnoses, and follow their prescribed treatment plan. In return, happy patients make happy physicians, resulting in reduced work-related stress, decreased