Medical scholars

New physicians awarded $10,000 scholarships

Dr. Johnny T. Chang, M06, and Dr. Nicole de Rosa, M06, have been named 2006 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars. The awards were presented at the medical society’s annual meeting on May 11 in Boston.

The $10,000 scholar awards are presented annually to two fourth-year students from each of the four Massachusetts medical schools. The awards are based on academic performance, community involvement and financial need.

Chang spends a majority of his free time developing and advocating for the MyCare Mental Health Network, a project he developed to create a centralized electronic storehouse of online crisis support, knowledge, expertise and tools. In addition, he served as a volunteer and information technology coordinator at the Sharewood Project, a free clinic that provides medical assistance to uninsured and underinsured families in the greater Malden community. He also worked as a tutor and instructor for the Department of Anatomy. Chang is doing his residency in plastic surgery with the Brown University program at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Like Chang, de Rosa volunteered at the Sharewood clinic. She also served as a patient advocate for the Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was an EMT and is a former delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society House of Delegates and member of the society’s Governing Council. de Rosa worked as a physiology tutor and facilitated a first-year class at the medical school on “Interviewing and the Patient-Doctor Relationship.” She is doing her residency in general surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine program in New York City.