Two UMass Medical Students Receive Scholarships from Massachusetts Medical Society

June 19, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) students Matthew Lally of Braintree and Elizabeth Rourke of Arlington were recently awarded $10,000 scholarships from the Massachusetts Medical Society. Presented annually to two students from each of the state's four medical schools, the recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, financial need and evidence of exceptional community involvement.

"We are very fortunate to count Matthew and Elizabeth among our students at UMMS," said Aaron Lazare, MD, chancellor and dean. "Their commitment to educational excellence and breadth of community activism emulate the core mission of the Medical School."

A fourth-year student, Lally plans to broaden his medical education at UMMS with an extra year of study, potentially participating in some international travel. He was selected by the Medical Society not only for his academic record, but also for his diverse community-based service to such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and Island of Hope, an Outward Bound experience for 13 - 19 year olds who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Rourke, who also graduates from UMMS in 2001, initially started on a career path in literature. However, while in pursuit of her bachelor's degree in English from Yale, master's degree in medieval European history from the University of Chicago and master's degree in creative writing from Boston University, she became enamoured with medicine through the science courses she was taking. She therefore started medical school at an age when most physicians are beginning clinical practice.

Founded in 1781, the Massachusetts Medical Society is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country, with more than 17,000 physicians and student members.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, attracting more than $92 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research, clinical care and public service. In 1998, the UMMS system of hospitals and clinics merged with Memorial Health Care to form UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of the Medical School.