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The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Global Health Award

Jennifer Sidari
Jennifer A. Sidari MD '13

The legacy of a life well-lived, serving others at home and abroad

Jennifer Sidari’s love of travel and learning took her to many places around the world, seeking knowledge and fulfilling her goal to help others. Just weeks after Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine celebrated its first MD commencement ceremony, Jennifer passed away unexpectedly. A tremendous void was left where her extraordinary talent, passion and ambition should have been.

Locally, Jennifer volunteered at clinics in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the Care and Concern Clinic in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Nationally and internationally, she participated as a medical volunteer at a pediatric clinic in Haiti in the spring of 2013 and had also taken trips to South Africa and Oakland, CA, to work with HIV infected children and study pediatric infectious diseases. She was set to begin her residency training in pediatrics at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, in June 2013.

The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Global Health Award was established in her memory to provide an educational stipend to students interested in serving as medical volunteers abroad.

Eligibility guidelines
Geisinger Commonwealth MD4 students in good standing who are completing a rotation abroad for credit are eligible to apply for the award. Students should have the rotation determined by the time the application is submitted.

The trip site and location must be approved by the faculty advisor for the Global Health Society (GHS).

Application process
Submit completed application and resume/curriculum vitae to the GHS faculty advisor by Nov. 30. Selection will take place by January.

The educational stipend awarded will be between $500 – $2,500 as determined by the selection committee and based on available funds.

All travel must be approved and in accordance with Geisinger Commonwealth policy.

Download the application, or contact Sue McNamara for a copy.

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“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Karen Arscott, DO
Global Health Society Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Medicine