Bloomsburg University Students Participate in Primary Care Scholars Program

For Immediate Release

Date: June 13, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University pre-medical science majors Kayla Sompel (Albrightsville), Kyle Mausteller (Stillwater), and Kaitlyn Gwozdecki (Dillsburg) participated in the Primary Care Scholars Program at the Penn State College of Medicine from May 20-31. 

The trio had the opportunity to explore current trends and issues in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics during this two-week program.  The first week was spent at the Hershey campus interacting with faculty, medical students, and admissions staff. The focus was on learning about the philosophy and practice of primary care medicine and the admissions process and curriculum of the medical school. In the second week, participants gained clinical experience by shadowing a family physician, pediatrician, or internist.

“The lectures and problem-based learning sessions expanded my perspective of family medicine,” said  Kayla Sompel. “I enjoyed learning about the different areas of primary care and highly recommend the program.

Maustellar enjoyed the experience as well. “It was good interacting with medical students, “ said Maustellar, who shadowed Dr. Lori Masteller, a primary care physician at Susquehanna Valley Health Specialties.  

“The Primary Care Scholars Program was great,” said Gwozdecki. “I became familiar with the U.S. healthcare system and the increasing need for physicians in underrepresented areas. During the preceptorship portion of the program, I shadowed a pediatrician and was able to see tiny newborn babies each day. Overall, the program confirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine and showed me all the different specialties that exist within primary care.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Art and Science and Technology.