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TCMC students named top family medicine researchers

Thursday, March 29, 2020

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Honors 2012 “Research Day” Award Winners

Scranton, Pennsylvania – Second year medical students of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) were named top family medicine researchers by The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) during its annual Research Day program held in Harrisburg on Saturday, March 10, 2020. The annual Research Day program fosters research and relationships among family medicine students, residents and faculty.

Ashley Leberfinger, Upal Sarker, and Sean Wallace presented their Community Health Research project: A Heath Needs and Resource Assessment of the Old Order Amish Community in Northcentral and Northeastern Pennsylvania (S Wallace; C Drescher; A Leberfinger; U Sarker; J Townsend, MD; J Huebert, MSW; D Hess, MD; E Schmidt, RN; M White, MD, MPH) and were selected winners in the category of Best Student Research.

“The project is an example of TCMC’s commitment to solving health problems in the community beginning with students asking questions and following up with community-based research that will aid in the improvement of community health and education in years to come,” stated Mark V. White, MD, MPH, TCMC Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Family, Community, and Rural Health.

PAFP Research Day began in 1989 and has grown to become a key place for medical students, residents, and family physicians to present their research to a supportive audience of their peers. Research Day provides a unique opportunity for future family physicians to keep practice-based research relevant throughout their career. Through the research presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions and workshops, Research Day supports all participants to refine their presentation technique, research methodology, and earn continuing education credits.


Pictured from left: Second year medical students Upal Sarker, Ashley Leberfinger, Mark White, MD, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Sean Wallace.