Local students receives Lycoming County Medical Society scholarship

Lycoming County Medical Society (LCMS) awarded two $3,000 scholarships to local medical student Morgan Chambers, daughter of Robert Chambers and Michelle Boyer of Williamsport, Hannah Bohr, daughter of Michael and Brenda Bohr of Williamsport. Chambers is a second-year medical student at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey and Boyer is a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton.

“My personal experiences have given me affirmation of my choice to become a physician,” Chambers said. “I will be able to take along my personal stories and use them to help guide how I view, treat and empathize with patients.”

Chambers credits the sports medicine specialist, Patrick Carey, as an influence on her journey to become a medical professional and met Carey during her sophomore year in high school when she strained her MCL playing soccer.

“He was the only person who looked at me and told me that he understood how I felt, it wasn’t my fault, and he was going to get me back to playing,” Chambers said. “It was that moment that I saw how truly powerful a doctor can be, not only in treatment, but simply by a touch and a few words.”

The journey to wellness after some personal setbacks in college helped her recognize the connection between mind, body and spirit.

“I am able to see the patient for more than their disease, because I know that I was much more than that, which was how I wanted to be seen,” Chambers said. “I hope to bring back to medicine, no matter what specialty I am in or patient I am seeing, the importance of patient-doctor relationships, and treating the entire person, not just the symptoms.”

Whereas Bohr can remember the exact moment when she realized what it really meant to be a doctor. Working as a medical scribe in the emergency room at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, she witnessed the professional and prompt care provided to a gun-shot victim. It also was the first time she witnessed a death.

“Working in the ER as a medical scribe has had a profound effect on my attitude toward the practice of medicine,” she said. “It is no longer this ambitious, lofty goal. Medicine has become real and tactile; it is messy, bloody and noisy.”

She is grateful for the experience to witness the physicians who serve as an inspiration.

“The opportunity to work alongside dedicated physicians practicing the science and art of medicine has made a lasting impression on me,” Bohr said. “Observing their keen decision-making abilities, their capacity to lead and delegate tasks, and most importantly their compassion and skill as they treat patients has shown me the immense contributions a doctor can make to a community and has given me a blueprint for the type of physician I want to become.”

In 2002, Lycoming County Medical Society began awarding the scholarship to benefit medical students from the county. Contributions from area physicians support the scholarship, and The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society administers the funds.