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This award was established in 1997 in memory of Thomas V.N. Ballantine, MD During his tenure at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, he was not only an accomplished pediatric surgeon, but also an ardent supporter of the arts and humanities. He was a beloved faculty member who enthusiastically gave his time and energy to the pursuit of medical student education.
This award will be given annually in the form of a grant to support medical student work in the arts. This work need not be related to or address the fields of medicine or science, and it may encompass any of the areas of visual arts, performance, or literary composition. Grants will be awarded to cover the costs of materials and professional services incurred in the production of selected projects.
All projects must have a public component, and priority will be given to those with relevance to or impact upon Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center community. Presentation of these projects should include a statement that this work was underwritten, in part, by The Ballantine Award.
Applications will be judged by The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine which reserves the right to make no awards if no suitable applications are received.
Reimbursement will be made upon the submission of receipts for an amount equal to or less than that of the award. Upon completion of their project, award recipients will be required to make a presentation of their work to the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic medicine Board members.
Applications should be submitted to The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Department of Humanities H134, Room C1743, by April 15 and should be limited to two pages in length including the following sections:
- Resume, including medical student name, class year, telephone number, campus mail box number, e-mail address.
- Faculty Sponsor name, department, telephone extension, and e-mail.
- Project Proposal, a short description of the type and intent of project, and explanation of relevance to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, community.
- Samples of past work (photos, slides, etc.) are recommended.
- Letters of support from persons knowledgeable about student’s relevant work and experience will be helpful.
- Estimated Budget, a brief outline of expected costs.
- Estimated Completion Date
- Applicant and faculty sponsor signatures and date of submission.
The K. Danner Clouser Student Research Endowment is designed to provide financial assistance to medical students while they are engaged in a research project in the medical humanities.
Consideration for an award from the Clouser Student Research Endowment will be given to full-time students at the Penn State College of Medicine who propose to carry out a research project within a field of the medical humanities as part of their progress toward the MD degree. Selection criteria include:
- the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research topic,
- the student’s qualifications for carrying out the project,
- and the identification and support of an appropriate faculty mentor.
The maximum available for the award in 2016 is $1,500. The Department of Humanities anticipates making two awards.
This money may be paid directly to a student or may be used as the department’s contribution to a Work Study allocation for the summer. Funds may be used for living expenses or for expenses incurred as part of the student’s research.
K. Danner Clouser was University Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) at the Penn State University College of Medicine, where he taught medical ethics and philosophy of medicine from 1968 until his retirement in 1996. Dr. Clouser was instrumental in building the first Humanities Department ever established at any medical school, and was a pioneer in the newly emerging field of bioethics. After his retirement, despite his battle with cancer, Dr. Clouser continued to write and inspire others. The Department of Humanities suffered a great loss when Dr. Clouser passed away August 14, 2000.
How to Apply
Students wishing to be considered for an award from the Clouser Student Research Endowment should submit the following to the Department of Humanities (C1743) no later than 5:00 p.m., March 18, 2016:
- Description (not to exceed 1000 words) of the proposed project and its potential contribution to,
- knowledge in the medical humanities, and
- the student’s professional development.
- Statement of support from an appropriate faculty mentor.
- The student’s resume or CV.
- Budget and Budget Justification (breakdown of how the funds will be allocated).
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Recipients of the award will be notified by April 15.
The Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award is designed to support research by Penn State College of Medicine medical students, mentored by Penn State faculty, in the field of humanistic care for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia patients. Joseph V. Caputo, Sr., lived in Dover, Delaware and died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1996 at the age of 80. Mary, his wife of forty-six years, cared for him with love, dedication, and fortitude during the ten long years of his illness.
Together, they were true examples of dignity and devotion at a time of great personal and family difficulty. The effect of Alzheimer’s Disease is profound for both patients and caregivers, as well as family and friends. With this in mind, Joe and Mary’s children – Rosemarie, Janet, Joe, Greg, and Karen – created the fund which supports this award.
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine was established to enhance treatment that is both compassionate and technically excellent, emphasizing each patient’s individual needs. Out of the Center grew a mission to support, facilitate, and initiate education and research to foster compassionate, humane, and patient- and family-centered care. Given the like-minded intentions of the Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Fund organizers and the aims of the Kienle Center, the Kienle Center will manage the oversight of this award, including the selection of awardees and the distribution of funds supporting the awards.
Consideration for the Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award will be given to full-time students at Penn State College of Medicine who propose to carry out a research project with a focus on humanistic care for dementia patients. Recipients of the award are selected by a Kienle Center-designed committee composed of Penn State University faculty who are familiar with the needs relevant to dementia research and patient care. Selection criteria include the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research project topic, the student’s qualifications for carrying out the project, and the availability of an appropriate faculty mentor.
Proposals for the Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award should be accompanied by a detailed budget. In general, awards of $1,000.00 will be offered; however, the number of awards made and the amount of each award remains at the discretion of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine. Each award shall be for one academic year and is offered in accordance with and in conformation to existing Penn State University endowment spending policy. This money may be paid directly to a student or may be used to supplement a department’s contribution to a Work Study allocation for the summer. Funds may be used for living expenses or for expenses incurred as part of the student’s research.
How to Apply
Students wishing to be considered for a Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award should submit the following information to the Director of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine:
- Description of the proposed project and its potential contribution to improve humanistic care for patients with dementia.
- Statement of support from an appropriate Penn State faculty member.
- The student’s resume or cv.
- A detailed budget.
Claire de Boer
Director, The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine
Department of Humanities, MC: H134 Room: C1743
500 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
In 1998, Dr. Arnold P. Gold and Sandra O. Gold founded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation with a mission of perpetuating the tradition of the “caring doctor.” Currently, the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes individuals across the continuum of medical education and practice who exemplify humanism in medicine, including:
- Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awards, which recognizes one graduating medical student and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine
- The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards,
for residents who have demonstrated commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues.
The Gold Foundation also funds unsolicited projects, such as research, lectures, curriculum development, community outreach, cross cultural education, and the publication of literary writings related to the practice of humanistic medicine which can be self-sustained and replicated. Penn State College of Medicine received a grant to develop and evaluate a Residents’ Oath Program.
Gold Professorships are also sponsored by GHHS. The current chairperson of the Department of Humanities, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, is an endowed Gold Professor.
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine was founded in 2003 by then-chair of the Department of Humanities, Dr. David Hufford. Student members are nominated by their peers at the end of their third year in medical school and inducted during Fall Convocation. Throughout their fourth year, they participate in an ongoing community service project developed by GHHS students in 2009.