Wilson Memorial Hospital recently announced the recipient of the 3rd Annual Physician Memorial Scholarship. This year’s scholarship winner is Kathleen (Katie) Kerrigan of Sidney.
Established following the death of Bruce C. Urbanc, D.O., in 2008, the scholarship is a joint effort of the Wilson Memorial Hospital medical staff and the hospital. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a fully accredited school of medicine or osteopathic medicine in the continental United States. The student must be a Shelby County high school graduate.
“We will award $2,000 to Katie to assist on her journey through medical school,” said Dr. Paul Thorpe, chief of staff at Wilson Memorial. Members of the scholarship committee were charged with making the final selection. They include: Dr. Thorpe, Dr. Kenneth Bosslet, Dr. Frederick Simpson, and Dr. Michael Trygstad.
Kerrigan is currently pursuing her medical degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. Prior to medical school, she attended The Ohio State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Sociology graduating Magna Cum Laude with Honors in both the Arts and Sciences.
“I became interested in medicine at a very young age,” said Kerrigan. “When my mother was pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse, I was right there with her assisting on school projects. I even attended some of her classes,” added Kerrigan. “It was at this time that I began showing an interest in the applications of medicine.”
Kerrigan would often times go into Wilson Memorial’s family birth center, where her mother enjoyed a career as an RN. “It was there that my love for medicine and the determination to pursue it was set,” said Kerrigan. “I was fascinated not only by the scientific and intellectual aspects of medicine, but also in its healing power for our family. I saw the powerful, healing impacts not only on the patients my mother cared for, but also on her spirit personally.”
A former graduate of Lehman Catholic High School, Kerrigan is involved in extracurricular and outreach activities. Currently, she is treasurer of the Research Immersion Club and a member of the Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine clubs through OUCOM. Kerrigan also serves as a hospice volunteer for the Appalachian Community VNA, Hospice & Health Services, Inc., in Athens. In addition, she was recently awarded a position and is currently enrolled in the Research & Scholarly Advancement Fellowship, a 10 week mentored research program through the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kerrigan is currently studying the effects of short-term insulin therapy on Type II diabetes mellitus, and its potential to put patients (and their beta pancreatic cells) suffering from this chronic disease directly into remission with no other therapy necessary.
“Over the years, I have been inducted into numerous academic honorary societies, yet I feel my greatest personal achievement was my participation in international service work at Montana de Luz, an orphanage for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in rural Honduras,” said Kerrigan. “This experience has taught me the importance of cultural competence and has made me whole-heartedly passionate about this type of work both here and abroad.”
Kerrigan is unsure of the medical specialty she would like to pursue. Endocrinology, oncology, and OB/GYN are at the top of her list. “Towards the end of my career, I would like to become involved in medical education so that I may assist future physicians on their path towards success,” she said. “I also hope that throughout my career I can be part of international medical mission trips so that I can serve my global community and be the change I wish to see in this world. I hope to make a difference in each of my patients’ lives by providing compassionate, accurate and personal care that leads them on the path towards healing.”
For information about the scholarship program, visit www.wilsonhospital.com. For information on how to make a donation to the Physician Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact the medical staff office at (937) 498-5426, or mail your donation to Wilson Memorial Hospital, Attn: Medical Staff Office, 915 W. Michigan Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365. Please make checks payable to: Wilson Memorial Hospital Medical Staff. All donations are tax deductible.