Ridge Scholarship Recipients

The Ridge Scholarships are given annually to students for research that utilizes the Ridge Library Collection at St Patrick Hospital. The Ridge Collection includes >1800 books and monographs, plus video materials as well. The collection focuses on ethics, history, medical anthropology, literature, biography and pathography that relates to the human experience of health and illness. The Ridge Scholars utilize the resources of this remarkable collection to put their research together. Prior scholarship winners and the title of their research include the following:

2006 Winners
Emily Bulger – Western Wishes: The Globalization of Feminine Beauty Ideals.
Apryle Pickering -Changing Fertility and Population Growth: The Case of Montana Hutterites

2007 Winner
Hayley Blackburn -Sociocultural Medicine: An Integrated Approach to Infectious Disease Prevention in Africa.

2008 Winners
Wade See – Influence of Medical Journalism on Healthcare: Will News Coverage of Tim Russert’s Death Encourage or Discourage Treadmill Stress Tests?
Henry Erickson Bundy – Illness Narratives in the 21st Century: The Proliferation of Autobiographical Pathographies of the Web 2.0.

The 2008 winners will present their findings at the Third Annual Ridge Symposium, Thursday evening April 23,2009. Scholarship applications will be available for 2009
at the end of March. Please contact Megan Twohig at mtwohig@saintpatrick.org for more information and application details.

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About imh4msla

Dr Schlesinger is an adult and pediatric rheumatologist in Missoula. She was an IMH board member for a few years before assuming the director position in January 2007 when Dr Herbert Swick retired. As IMH director, she promotes collaborative models of care within the hospital, and explores new approaches to teaching the collaborative model to health careers students at the University of Montana. Dr Schlesinger is the track director for the WWAMI program, helping medical students from the University of Washington School of Medicine learn clinical medicine in Missoula.
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