The Cento Amici/Alfonse Cinotti Scholarship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly known as UMDNJ)

Pictured with Jo-Ann Mendles and Joe Canderozzi of Cento Amici are (l to r) Jing Jing Feng, Thomas Eck, Natasha Nayak, and Anton Kolomeyer.

Pictured with Jo-Ann Mendles and Joe Canderozzi of Cento Amici are (l to r) Jing Jing Feng, Thomas Eck, Natasha Nayak, and Anton Kolomeyer.

 

The Cento Amici Alfonse A. Cinotti, MD Scholarship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School is in tribute to the work of Dr. Alfonse A. Cinotti, Ophthalmologist and Honorary Cento Amici member. A pioneer in New Jersey ophthalmology, Dr. Cinotti was Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) New Jersey Medical School for more than 30 years and is now known as the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Cento Amici support began in 1993 with a scholarship fund being established in 2005. Most Cento Amici awards are granted to future physicians preparing for clinical specialization in ophthalmology and are selected by the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Awards Committee based on outstanding academic achievement and a strong record of community service. Since its founding, $104K has been awarded to a number of students. The Student Sight Savers Program, a local free community outreach program using innovative technology to identify vision threatening diseases in its earliest forms, is one of many ways scholarship recipients contribute their talent to underserved communities and also have an opportunity to learn from experts in the medical field.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, which is part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), supports its mission of providing the highest quality medical education, in addition to research, patient services and community outreach.


Comments from recent recipients:

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“While preparing for a residency in ophthalmology, I am currently evaluating quality of life of glaucoma patients ... providing me with a great opportunity to educate patients and help them with their activities of daily living. Your generous donation will go a long way in providing me with the resources to excel during my clinical rotations. … I believe it is essential to achieve a balance between academics and community service involvement in order to maintain my passion for becoming a humanistic doctor. I am honored that you recognized this passion as my strength and I therefore hope to use this scholarship as motivation to move forward in this same regard.”

April 15, 2014

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“I have been interested in ophthalmology since I started volunteering at community eye screenings my first year of medical school … we visit churches, soup kitchens, health fairs, temples, rehab centers, and schools, screening more than 500 patients a year who ordinarily have little access to healthcare. This experience definitively molded my perception of health delivery opportunities … I plan to pursue a career treating patients with vision-threatening diseases in underserved areas. This award will help me to continue doing well and work toward these goals. Receiving this scholarship means a great deal to me and my family.”

April 15, 2014