The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is teaming up with Muhlenberg College Hillel to offer an informational night for pre-medical students, co-sponsored and hosted by Hillel at Muhlenberg under the new leadership and direction of Rabbi Melissa Simon.
The Maimonides Society is composed of involved heath care professionals, physicians and dentists in the Lehigh Valley, and as an organization, wanted to share its experience with those interested in pursuing a career in the health care professions. When Maimonides began hosting educational events for its own members, it became apparent that experts in the field were right here in the Lehigh Valley and were already members of the organization, Maimonides Society President Frank Tamarkin said.
Periodically, the Maimonides Society meets to discuss a current topic in medicine. The speakers are often physicians who are part of the organization and who work right here at one of the many excellent health care institutions in the Lehigh Valley.
“We wanted to take the same approach to the pre-med informational night as with our educational meetings where we utilized our own excellent physician resources to provide an informative program,” Tamarkin said. “We thought that a panel discussion to inform Muhlenberg College pre-medical students about our own experiences and pathways to our medical careers would make for an excellent program.”
In addition to practicing physicians, medical students from the St. Lukes/Temple University School of Medicine along with a resident physician will round out the panel. The Maimonides Society is hopeful that this program can become an annual event on the Muhlenberg campus and even be repeated at other local universities and colleges with a pre-medical student body here in the Lehigh Valley.