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MARQUETTE, Mich. – Five medical students have been awarded the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus Mazzuchi Scholarship.

Kirsten Salmela, Chelsea Meloche, Andrea Kubicki, Valerie Taglione and Cameron Anderson were each chosen to be recipients of the scholarship. These third-year medical students were selected for their commitment to practicing medicine in the Upper Peninsula after residency training, with interest in specializing in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, hospitalist medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or psychiatry.

The scholarship fund, which began providing financial assistance in 1983, was renamed the Mazzuchi Scholarship in 2006 to honor Dan Mazzuchi, MD. The retired physician and former Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region CEO and community assistant dean was instrumental in developing the UP community campus, one of the college’s seven campuses in Michigan. He also helped launch the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program and served as chief of staff at Marquette General Hospital.

About the recipients

Kirsten Salmela grew up in Marquette. She attended Michigan State University where she double majored in Comparative Cultures and Politics and Music Therapy, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. When asked why she chose the MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus, she wrote, “The UP is home! I love the opportunities to work closely with patients and physicians, being back on Lake Superior, the proximity to outdoor activities, and being able to spend time with my family.” Kirsten enjoys yoga, traveling, hiking and anything outdoors.

Chelsea Meloche earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical Sciences from Grand Valley State University. She enjoys the outdoors during all the seasons with activities such as downhill skiing, water skiing, boating, volleyball, or hiking. Meloche’s hometown is Grand Haven, Michigan. “I was interested in how medicine works in a rural population including how a physician may need to change their role to address the different needs of such communities,” she wrote. “I wanted to explore how a smaller community would influence the involvement of physicians outside of their medical role. I’ve been curious in how various procedural aspects differ from urban practices.”

Andrea Kubicki’s hometown is in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Lab Science with a Minor in French from Michigan Technological University. “First of all, I love the UP!” she wrote. “I also was excited to learn in a setting with lots of patient interaction, opportunities to learn directly from doctors and residents, and the challenge of providing healthcare to a mainly rural population.” Kubicki enjoys mountain biking, running, camping, sailing skiing, ballet and playing her violin.”

Valerie Taglione received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Science from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, also her hometown. She is happy to be back in the UP to finish her medical training. In her words, “I am from the UP and wanted to come back to a rural area to learn my clinical skills. This will hopefully prepare me well to serve in a rural area when I become a physician.” In her spare time, Taglione likes to rollerblade, read and go hiking.

Cameron Anderson grew up in Gladstone. He attended Northern Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He summarized why he chose the MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus, “I am from the UP and hope to get back to the area when I am finished with my residency.” His hobbies and interests include cycling, running, snowboarding, cross country skiing, waterskiing and camping.

About Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus

The MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus works in conjunction with the UP Health System-Marquette to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its inception in 1974, 278 medical students and 192 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs. Currently, approximately 30 percent of the MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus physicians are practicing in the U.P. in every primary care and additional specialties of medicine.