General Information For Students
The Student Section is dedicated to helping Polish American medical students find a residency position in the United States. We strive to help our student members through scholarships, observerships with our member physicians, connections, residency information sessions, and an updated informative website.
The Scholarship Committee of The Polish American Medical Society in Chicago is proud to announce the PAMS 2016 Scholarship Winners:
Dr. Rytel Fund
Gabriela Szewczyk, UIC College of Dentistry
Dr. Cebulski Fund
Evelyn Konsur, Jagiellonian University Medical College
Anna Malysz, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Rogulska Kyts Fund
Emil Bielecki, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Mateusz Graca, St. Louis University School of Medicine
David Kasjanski, Chicago Medical School
Emily Lenczowski, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Anna Pleta, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Ewa Kiljanska-Buch Fund
Magdalena Harasimowicz, Loyola University School of Medicine
Veronica Drozdowski, Loyola University School of Medicine
A. Krashesky Fund
Emil Klosowiak, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Alexandra Rojek, University of California in San Francisco
Joanna Tomaszewski, University of Utah School of Medicine
Dorothy Kociuba, Colorado State University, Veterinary Medical Program
Marcin Kuzma, Jagiellonian University Medical College
Gabriela Naronowicz, Medical University of Bialystok
Malgorzata Pajak, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Patryk Piekos, Jagiellonian University Medical College
Natalia Tretowicz, Medical University of Lublin
Marysia Szpindor-Watson, Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Eva Wszolek, University of Illinois College of Dentistry
Matthew Dybas, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Jan Morawski, Poznan University of Medical Sciences
Katarzyna Nowak, Medical University of Silesia
Hubert Szczech, University of Illinois
Diana Szczesna, Medical University of Lodz
President Kornelia Król, MD was an honorary guest at Poznań University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) this May. During her stay, Dr. Król spoke to PUMS students on the residency application process in the United States, visited many of Pozań’s new academic structures, and was asked to be the official commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2015.
On May 30th, Dr. Król presented her speech titled “Considering your options before the MATCH” at an event organized by the North American Student Government (NASG). The event was held at the PUMS library and was attended by some of this year’s PAMS Scholarship recipients: Marc Dziuba from Glenview, IL and Jan Morawski from Milwaukee, WI.
Two days later, during the PUMS 2015 Graduation Ceremony, Dr. Król eloquently emphasized the immense responsibility associated with the title Medical Doctor and inspired the graduating class to be positive leaders amongst future colleagues. This year, 47 students graduated from the 4-year MD program, 59 students from the 6-year MD program, 36 students from the DDS program, 6 students from the Pharmacy program, and 10 students from the Physical Therapy program. The graduating class represented 17 different countries and spoke 16 different languages. Fourty-six were citizens of the United States, and 16 from Canada. The ceremony was also attended by Vice-President Prof. Grzegorz Oszkinis, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Medical Faculty I Prof. Ryszard Marciniak, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy Prof. Lucjusz Zaprutko, M.Sc., Ph.D., Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Włodzimierz Samborski, M.D., Ph.D., as well as Vice-Deans of respective faculties and Associate Deans of the Center of Medical Education in English.
After the ceremony, Dr. Król met with the heads of the university to discuss the fate of PUMS graduates returning to the United States. Professor Oszkinis proudly shared PUMS’ new approach to helping students tackle the USMLE exams. Currently, PUMS provides a full Kaplan prep course as well as NBME exams (USMLE-like exams) for all of the core subjects. These additions to the standard curriculum have significantly improved pass rates.
Dr. Król concluded her stay by visiting some of PUMS’ main structures. She saw the Didactic Center, the ‘Karolek’ student dorms, The Medical Biology Center, and The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic at the University Hospital of Medical Sciences. She also visited the new Alzheimer’s Rehabilitation Center founded by our very own, honorary PAMS member, Professor Jadwiga Roguska. This impressive project was funded entirely by the Roguska-Kyts Foundation.
Marta Worwag, MD
On August 23rd, Society of Polish American Pre-Health Professionals, a society of young Polish American professionals, considering pursuing post graduate studying and their careers in health care associated fields, organized all day conference at the Polish Museum of America. Polish American Medical society was one of the main sponsors of this successful event and many of our members attended this conference providing their guidance and input, either through formal lectures or in informal mentoring sessions. Among many others, the following members attended: Drs: K.Krol, M.Siemionow, M.Rudnicki, J.Mazurek, A.Szpindor, A.Cios, J. Dlugopolski-Gach.
The text below, courtesy of Andrzej Mikolajczyk
“LIVES IN MEDICINE” CONFERENCE
RESPONDING TO A GREAT NEED IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
The “Lives in Medicine Conference” took place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Polish Museum of America. It was a full day conference with a number of interesting presentations and workshops. Approximately 60 students and aspiring healthcare professionals attended the conference.
The day included various seminars about the application process, a small group mentoring lunch with current students and health professionals, and a resource fair featuring a dozen medical organizations and institutions from around the Midwest.
The purpose of the Conference was to create an opportunities for aspiring students who are ready “to step into the life of a healthcare professional and strengthen their current position in the increasingly competitive applicant pool”.
Chet Szerlag, Vice Chair for Finance and Director of Administrative Operations at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System gave a very insightful presentation “Healthcare: an Industry and It’s Professions in Transition”. Szerlag presented many vital facts about the current changes in our healthcare system. He discussed future trends and transitions in the health care system. The Baby Boomer generation (1946-1963), currently the largest generation in the US, is reaching retirement age by the thousands every single day. This will create an incredible need for additional health care services.
“What exactly does the life of a PA or DO/MD look like? What can I really expect from a career in healthcare? What healthcare profession fits me best?” These were some of the questions that students heard the answers to. The advice that they received will help them clarify their individual paths to a life in medicine.
Dr. Kornelia Krol, President of the Polish American Medical Society in Chicago and a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, gave a presentation titled “Considering Your Options Before Match”. Her talk included an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of studying medicine abroad.
Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach shared some personal experiences from her path to becoming a physician, including her service as a community volunteer and activist. She is a specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center currently.
Dr. Anna Szpindor, former President of the Polish American Medical Society and currently a practicing allergist, shared some insights about mentoring. She was excited to see her daughter-Marysia Szpindor-Watson, a medical student, leading the Conference as a co-chair of the organizing committee.
The Society of Polish American Pre-Health Professionals (SPAPP), is dedicated to helping students learn about careers in healthcare and how to reach them. Their goal is “to entice, foster and support passion for medicine in young Polish Americans through mentorship, scholarship and opportunity”. By connecting current medical professionals with aspiring professionals, they hope to provide people interested in health careers with a better understanding of the profession that best fits with their genuine passions, interests and lives. Organizing the “Lives in Medicine” conference is one way they are working to achieve their goal.
Another purpose of the Conference was provide participants with an understanding of different paths to becoming a healthcare professional and to give them the opportunity to be mentored by current medical students, residents and professionals.
The Keynote Address during the Conference was presented by Dr. Maria Siemionow, MD/PhD, who is a renowned Polish-American surgeon. She shared some of the challenges that she faced and her experiences leading up to the first face transplant in the United States. She coordinated a team of two dozen medical experts during 22 hours of complex face transplant surgery. Her patient is currently alive and her life has been transformed by the surgery. She now feels more accepted by society and enjoys her life. Dr. Siemionow’s primary objective during the full face surgery was to help the patient regain the basic functions of her face.
There have only been several dozen face transplant surgeries in the world during the last two decades. The risks for such surgeries are very high. They require a team of experts and afterwards they require cooperative patients due to the lifetime requirement for immunosuppressive medication.
The conference was organized by Joanna P. Tomaszewski, research associate at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Marysia Szpindor-Watson, medical student, Lukasz Sewera, MD-PhD student, Patricia Jamrozowich, health systems management professional, Angelica Rusilowski, PA student, Martin Wrobel, medical student, Agata Turowski, health systems administration student and Agatha Kielczewski, publicity chair. They truly deserve recognition. The conference was well organized, with presentations by renowned medical professionals from different medical institutions in the Chicago area and in the Midwest.
To learn more, visit their website at www.SPAPPchicago.com or visit them on facebook at facebook.com/SPAPPconference .
@ text by Andrew Mikolajczyk