Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine announced the first recipients of the Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Memorial Scholarship. The scholars, both in their first year of medical school, are Christopher Musto, of Pittston, and Stephanie Amendola, of Mountain Top.
The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Jennifer A. Sidari, MD, a member of the School of Medicine’s charter Class of 2013. Just weeks after graduating medical school, Dr. Sidari passed away unexpectedly. Because Dr. Sidari exemplified a life of service and caring, the scholarship committee focused on identifying incoming medical students who performed community service by working with children and/or the elderly, and demonstrated leadership through community service.
“Jennifer’s life was one of service,” said her father, Pete Sidari, West Pittston. “Her character demonstrated depths of compassion, humanity and commitment to justice that are hard to find. She aided and cared for her neighbors, the elderly, everyone she met. What made Jennifer special is the joy that radiated from her. To be in her presence was a remarkable and uplifting experience. We are happy to have found students like Chris and Stephanie who will walk in Jennifer’s footsteps and carry on her legacy of concern for people, especially children and the elderly.”
Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth, said, “It is my privilege to honor and thank Dr. Sidari’s family, who managed to turn their unspeakable grief into positive action. These scholarships, named in their daughter’s memory, support the dreams of two of our medical students, both of whom are very much like Dr. Sidari herself in the way that they regard medicine as a call to serve.”
Scholarship recipient Chris Musto volunteers at the Pittston Care and Concern Clinic, the same clinic where Dr. Sidari also spent much of her time. In his essay, he said, “During my time at the clinic, I got to help children, adults, and the elderly all at the same time. It was here that I really began to see that medicine is a service to the community.” Musto said his desire is to practice medicine among his own neighbors in northeastern Pennsylvania and to learn from physicians who share that commitment.
Scholarship recipient Stephanie Amendola hopes to become a pediatrician.
The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Memorial Scholarship provides tuition assistance to academically qualified recipients who reside in the medical school’s 17-county region and who have a demonstrated community-service focus, with particular concern for children and/or the elderly.