Nataliya Mar

Medicine as a message….

Nataliya Mar of New York, New York, who immigrated to the United States from Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1995, wants to help patients of all backgrounds. An award-winning student at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, who frequently volunteers in her community, Nataliya received The Bernard Bowman Scholarship Award in 2008.

Once she completes medical school, she wants to obtain a Master of Public Health degree.

In her own words: “I hope to educate other physicians since they serve as a conduit for linking patients to appropriate community resources. These include exercise programs, senior centers, patient education classes, self-help or peer support groups. It is important to convey the message that physicians can only prescribe medications but the daily disease management is in each patient’s hands.”

“With this award, you are developing the spirit of humanism and nurturing a sense of responsibility to others. All of us need help in order to get somewhere in life. Most of the time, it comes from our parents, teachers, or friends. Yet, it is great to know that sometimes one can count on support from even the most unexpected places. This fosters a sense of community, teaching us to contribute to it and replenish its resources. Thanks, once again, for teaching me these invaluable lessons with one generous gesture.”