Todd Sweeney Awarded Gail Lawrence Scholarship
Todd Sweeney, Physician Assistant student at Philadelphia University and volunteer at the Cranford First Aid Squad, has been awarded the Gail Lawrence Scholarship by the EMS Council of New Jersey.
The Gail Lawrence Scholarship is awarded to a single volunteer by the EMS Council. The recipient must be working toward an advanced degree in any medical field. The grant was established in memory of Lawrence, a mobile intensive care nurse, advanced practice nurse, and educator with Rutgers University.
Todd recently spent several weeks at Cranford First Aid, helping the organization and township by working as an EMT during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. He said “Before I joined the Cranford First Aid Squad, I knew very little about medicine and the roles I’d be able to fill, both as an EMT and as a professional. I just wanted to help. My time at the squad during high school gave me the foundations of knowledge and hands-on experience that I needed to thrive in my undergraduate coursework, but it also enabled me to give back. As I learned more each semester in college, I was able to apply what I learned, and lead by example within the squad when I returned on breaks. The Cranford First Aid Squad, and all the people in it, taught me the true meanings of community, responsibility, and leadership and I am excited to carry those things with me into my career as a physician assistant. ”
Todd is now starting the clinical portion of his education as a physician assistant. He will be going to hospitals as far away as Louisiana for his direct patient experience in various medical disciplines such as pediatrics, primary care, general surgery and internal medicine.