6 TCMC students win The Jennifer Sidari MD ’13 Global Health Award

SCRANTON – Six students at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) are the winners of The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Global Health Award. The students are the recipients of grants to help defray the expenses of clinical rotations in developing countries. David Johnson, of Cogan Station, will be traveling to The Carolyn Kempton Hospital in Tsiko, Togo, Africa.

“Dr. Sidari’s passion was to bring skilled and loving care to people most in need. These scholarship award winners keep that vision alive. I am proud of Kanika, David, Rashida, Danae, Gregory and Kellyann for so ably representing the Sidari legacy,” said Dr. Steven J. Scheinman, president and dean of TCMC.

Sidari passed away unexpectedly in May 2013 only weeks after graduating from TCMC. As a student, she volunteered at clinics in Scranton and at the Care and Concern Clinic in Pittston. Sidari volunteered at clinics in Haiti in the spring of 2013 and also traveled to South Africa and Oakland, California to study pediatrics and to work with children. TCMC and the Sidari family announced the creation of The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Global Health Award in September 2014.

International service has been a theme of Johnson’s life, a theme he intends to carry into his future as a family medicine practitioner. He said this is why winning the Award is so important to him. He will use the award to defray travel costs to a four-week rural family medicine sub-internship at the Carolyn Kempton Hospital in Tsiko, Togo.

Johnson has worked at the hospital before. In 2008, as an undergraduate at Grove City College, he spent time in Africa utilizing his EMT training, assisting physicians and learning about global health. As a medical student, Johnson also served with Global Health Outreach in Nicaragua.

“I’ve been anticipating this trip to Togo for some time,” Johnson said, adding that he’d been saving on his own to make the trip and is grateful the Sidari award is making it happen.

While at the Carolyn Kempton Hospital for his sub-internship, Johnson will do a combination of adult and pediatric in-patient work, as well as obstetrics and minor surgeries. The work will be similar to that of the career he envisions in his future.

“I would like to be a family doctor working in central Pennsylvania, but I’d like my lifelong theme to be one engaged in medical mission trips. I love Africa, but I also love Central and South America, so I hope that my mission trips will be varied,” he said.