September 01, 2015
Susquehanna University senior Alyssa Jones, a biology major from Newville, Pa., was recently awarded a Medical Staff Scholarship Award from the Chambersburg Hospital where she interned this summer.
The award will assist Jones as she finishes her degree and pursues a career as a physician assistant (PA). She was one of eight summer interns from southcentral Pennsylvania and Maryland to complete a summer pre-medical work experience program with Summit Health, where she shadowed various physicians throughout the health care system.
"It was set up to be like a mini medical school residency program, geared toward premed students," Jones said. "The goal was to give us experience in the hospitals as future health care providers."
Jones said she was drawn to Susquehanna by its Natural Sciences Center, where students have full access to more than $1 million worth of modern science facilities equipment, including a scanning electron microscope, fluorescence microscopes, DNA sequencer and cell-culturing facilities and behavioral digital tracking systems.
Jones pointed to biology professor Jan Reichard-Brown as an influential mentor.
"She has been extremely helpful in mentoring me in applying to physician assistant programs and has spent countless hours helping me to revise and edit my personal statement," she said.
Jones also highlighted assistance she has received from Whitney Purcell, associate director of the Career Development Center and Mike Allar, adjunct professor of health care studies, who Jones said, "was helpful in teaching me anatomy."
Jones is the daughter of Albert and Tina Jones of Newville, Pa.