Humanism Fellows Funded by Muscarelle Endowment
Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr., has always believed that the best way to advance health care in the state of New Jersey is to support doctors of the future as they embark on their educations. That's why, in 2004, he and his wife donated $2 million to establish The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS).
That generous gift, which generates approximately $100,000 annually, has been used to fund scholarships for students at the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at the School. And most recently, William Farver, Jeny Nirappil, Janki Shah, Christina Sarris, Chaim Tuckman and Tian Xia, class of 2015, have become the newest scholars funded by the Muscarelle endowment.
"We have so many talented students in our state, it is important for our medical schools to provide the incentives needed to keep the best and brightest right here," Mr. Muscarelle said. "Quality medical education will lead to quality healthcare for all residents of New Jersey."
Fellows in the program focus on providing health care with dignity and respect for every patient.
"We are embarking on a new era in medicine," explained Dr. Dorian Wilson, director of the Center. "The modified approach to caring for patients creates an environment where the patient and the doctor have the opportunity to take a closer look at what makes the relationship between them work, and indeed, thrive. The Humanism Fellows of the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine will be at the forefront of this new wave as it crests."
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"The Muscarelle's generosity is truly extraordinary. Through his endowment, the humanism fellows try to make patient experiences the best they can be working in parallel with the doctors and nurses. I want to thank them for their generosity; without them very little of this would be possible and patient experiences would suffer."
Chaim Tuckman, Class of 2015
"Being a scholarship recipient allows me the support and means to practice and develop my love for science and for people in a structured and supportive setting. The Muscarelle endowment has given us the means to advance the tenets of humanism in medicine. I believe the most meaningful way to express our gratitude is to apply the knowledge gained through their support in all realms- academics, clinical experiences, and personal development."
Jeny Nirappil, Class of 2015