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S. Hadley woman receives scholarship

SOUTH HADLEY University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) student Nancy Tulathimutte, a resident of South Hadley, has been named a 2006 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar. The award carries a $10,000 scholarship.

Tulathimutte is one of only eight medical students in the state to receive the prestigious annual award based on academic accomplishments, community involvement, and financial need. The awards were presented at the Society's Annual Meeting on May 11 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.

In August 2005, Tulathimutte traveled to Africa as part of the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for the Lambarn Program. She was the first UMMS student to receive the Fellowship in the program's 27-year history and was one of only four students selected nationwide for the three-month program. During her fellowship, Tulathimutte ran her own clinic with her own patients and took part in a mobile, maternal-child health service. Tulathimutte also participated in exchange programs to Europe and Asia and took part in the UMMS Pathway Program, an enrichment program that puts medical students in touch with caring for underserved international populations. As part of the Pathway Program, Tulathimutte spent a month in Haiti working with poor, underserved mothers and children in a hospital maternity ward.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 18,500 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world's leading medical journals; the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters covering 11 specialties; and AIDS Clinical Care.