ACMS Foundation Awards Medical Student Scholarships

Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Foundation awarded scholarships to two medical students from western Pennsylvania. Students are:


2012 ACMS Recipient Christine Pennesi Christine M. Pennesi, daughter of Michael and Kathleen Pennesi of Mt. Lebanon. She attends the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa. 2012 ACMS Recipient Anita Lyons


Anita B. Lyons, daughter of Edward and Roberta Lyons of Pittsburgh. She attends the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

Pennesi plans to pursue residency training and subsequently practice in Pennsylvania. She has a strong interest in preventative care and wellness. She co-chaired the Penn State College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) program “Healthy Lifestyles” and intends to continue to reach out to patients and community members to educate in an effort to empower individuals to play a role in health maintenance. She also has an interest in developing public health efforts to unravel the multi-system, physiological, genetic and environmental underpinning of the autism spectrum disorders.

Pennesi said, “I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team in the future in an effort to translate research related to environmental and physiologic factors in the development of disease into clinical practice, in an effort to improve care for those affected, particularly the growing population of children with developmental disorders, including autism. Now, and in the future, I hope to be an advocate for this population, and other patient populations like it, both in my local community and nationally.”

Lyons said that her studies have shown her the enormous challenges that immigrants face as they strive to adjust to a new country and culture while seeking basic healthcare. As an internal medicine physician, she intends to engage directly with immigrant and other disadvantaged patient groups and participate in the political process that determines healthcare delivery. By teaching, she will encourage the next generation of doctors to maintain a spirit of service.

Lyons said, “Pittsburgh has a growing immigrant population thanks to its strong economy, and as a physician, I plan to continue working with the Hispanic and other immigrant communities, both in the office and in the broader community. I will work to ensure not only that these groups have access to quality and comprehensive healthcare, but also help to magnify their voices as they call for greater respect and recognition.”

In 2004, ACMS Foundation established this annual scholarship with $10,000 in seed money, which has grown to maturity thanks to generous contributions from the ACMS Foundation and local physicians. Eligibility includes status as a third- or fourth-year Pennsylvania medical student from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland County; U.S. citizenship; and full-time enrollment in a Pennsylvania medical school.

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is pleased to administer the fund for ACMS Foundation. ACMS’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians.

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