John Paroski Memorial Endowment Award Fund

Medical Students in the South Campus Neuroanatomy Museum with Dr. Chris Cohan.

This fund provides an annual award to a fourth-year medical student to help offset expenses in the residency application process. 

Every year, this fund provides at least one award to a fourth-year medical student at the beginning of the fourth year, to help with expenses related to residency application.

Awards are based on academic excellence (including pre-clinical and clinical performance in medical school), a demonstrated need for financial assistance, and the student’s compassion and excellence in patient care.

The fund was established by Dr. Margaret W. Paroski, Dr. Jacqueline L. Paroski, and Dr. Paul A. Paroski in memory of John Paroski, who was part of the Medical Class of 1980. Dr. Paroski, who died suddenly in 1985, had served as a resident at Children’s Hospital, and later had a private practice. He was known for his empathy, caring and warmth.

The award is made to a student who best exemplifies Paroski’s ideals and concern for a patient’s well-being.

Nominations for recipients are solicited from department chairs. The recipient is formally recognized at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with commencement annually.

In the world of medicine, there is always more that we can do. More physicians we can train. More discoveries we can make. More lives we can save. Now, even as we celebrate all we have recently achieved, we continue to look forward to the possibilities ahead. Bold ambitions require big investments—and generous support. Together, we will continue to build on our shared success and lead the way toward the future of medicine.

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