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Future Physicians


Emma Batchelder '17 and Cole Rinehart '17, co-recipients of this year's Mohler Prize. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

2017 Roy Mohler Prize for aspiring medical students awarded to co-recipients Cole Rinehart ’17 and Emma Batchelder ’17

by Katya Hrichak '17

Established in 1957, the Roy Mohler Prize is awarded annually to a senior with plans to attend medical school upon graduation. The prize was named for Roy Mohler, class of 1917, who went on to become a physician after leaving Dickinson. Eligible seniors who have been accepted into medical school submit an essay, demonstrate their financial need and include their medical school acceptance letter to apply for the prize. The Committee for the Health Profession members then vote for each year’s recipient. This year, the committee selected two co-recipients, Cole Rinehart ’17 and Emma Batchelder ’17.

Rinehart (biology) major, will enter medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in August. He has completed research at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Facility in Lancaster, Pa., as well as the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., and conducted student-faculty research with Professor of Biology Charles Zwemer. Additionally, Rinehart has trained and served as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Batchelder (biochemistry & molecular biology) will begin medical school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey in August. She has worked with healthcare professionals at the Lancaster Cancer Center, conducted research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School in Boston, and conducted student-faculty research with Professor of Biology Mike Roberts.

Of her experience with the Lancaster Cancer Center, Batchelder says, “I learned a lot about the ins and outs of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but I think the most valuable lessons I learned were through the personal relationships that I built with the patients and nurses. Each and every one of the patients and nurses taught me something unique about love, life and believing in yourself—and the importance of organized teamwork. These are lessons that I will take with me for my entire life."

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Published May 1, 2017