TO ALL MEDIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Board of Directors of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc. (PLF) is pleased to announce its selections for the 2018 Pisacano Scholarships.  Each recipient is noted as an outstanding medical student who has made a commitment to enter the specialty of Family Medicine.

Ry Garcia-Sampson – Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Joshua Pepper – University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Emma Richardson – Rush Medical College
Michael Rose – University of Minnesota Medical School
Maya Siegel – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Nick West – Oregon Health & Science University

The scholarships, valued up to $28,000 each, are awarded to students attending U.S. medical schools who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine.  In addition, each applicant must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service.  Since 1993, the PLF has selected 146 outstanding medical students.  Approximately 2700 applicants representing more than 140 medical schools competed for these scholarships.

Each Pisacano Scholar received an endorsement from his or her medical school prior to being reviewed by the Selection Committee.  The Selection Committee is comprised of the distinguished members of the PLF Board of Directors and over 300 participating family physicians.  The Scholarship program provides educational programs, leadership training and funding for outstanding 4th-year medical students who have been identified as the future leaders in the field of Family Medicine.

 The Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc. was created in 1990 by the American Board of Family Medicine in tribute to the founder and first Executive Director of the ABFM, Nicholas J. Pisacano, M.D. (1924-1990).  Dr. Pisacano is acknowledged around the world as one of the leaders in the effort to recognize Family Medicine as a major specialty.  His perseverance was finally rewarded in 1969 when the American Board of Family Medicine was designated as the sole agency responsible for the certification and recertification of family physicians.  The American Board of Family Medicine continues to serve this role and is considered a leader in assuring primary care to all Americans.


For more information concerning the Pisacano Scholars program and the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, please contact Jane Ireland, Program Coordinator; or Robert J. Cattoi, Executive Director of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc., at 859/ 287-0948.

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