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Medical student awarded scholarship to present research

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine selected fourth-year Penn State College of Medicine medical student Katelyn Edel as a 2021 Student Scholar. Dr. Mark Stephens, professor of family and community medicine and humanities, nominated her for her interest in family medicine and potential for an academic career.

“Katelyn is an extraordinary student-leader and embodies everything good in this generation of learners and physicians-to-be,” Stephens said. “She is thoughtful, compassionate, curious, diligent and extraordinarily professional in her approach to patient care and scholarship. She is most deserving of this award and represents the best and brightest Penn State College of Medicine has to offer.”

Edel will use the highly competitive scholarship to attend the society’s 2021 Virtual Conference on Medical Student Education in February 2021. She will present her poster, “Developing a Wellness Curriculum at a New Regional Campus: A Pilot Study,” during the conference. The project assesses the development and implementation of a wellness curriculum for students in the college’s University Park Curriculum and results will be used to inform future curriculum developments, including an arts-based program for medical students.

“I am honored to receive this award from The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine,” Edel said. “I am excited to attend the conference and owe a debt of gratitude to all of my mentors at the College of Medicine who have encouraged and supported me since my first day.”

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