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Med School Student Wins Laser Spine Institute Scholarship  

Photo of Helen PozdniakovaHelen Pozdniakova, a first year medical student in the inaugural class of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Laser Spine Institute Scholarship.

The $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in pursuing a career in health care. The Laser Spine Institute selected Pozdniakova "based on both her proven passion and dedication to health care, as well as her strong essay submission outlining her innovative, patient-centered ideas for industry improvement."

Prior to studying medicine, Pozdniakova worked as a medical scribe in a Medicare clinic as well as a private clinic in Midtown Manhattan. In that position, Pozdniakova accompanied doctors in their meetings with patients and characterized in writing the examination, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan for the electronic health record (EHR). The position gave her a close-up view of healthcare at work – and fostered within her both a desire and a plan for it to work better. 

"I came to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall primarily because of its vision," said Pozdniakova. "The curriculum is premised on the fact that we can do better as a society in helping to ensure health within, and as part of, the communities we serve. My experience in the frontlines of healthcare delivery told me exactly that. To now be part of the solution is everything I wanted in a medical education." She continued, "And with Hackensack Meridian's vast network of hospitals and healthcare providers, the intern and residency options for its medical students ensures a wide array of opportunities to put those solutions into practice."

Pozdniakova graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology from Binghamton University.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida the Laser Spine Institute currently operates seven, state-of-the-art surgery centers across the country and is committed to advancing future health care leaders by helping them to achieve their educational goals. The company awards its annual scholarship to a student who shares its vision of changing patients' lives for the better. Established last year, the scholarship's first recipient was Ann Holmes.

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