UMSON Class of '15

Support Helps Nurse Leave Path of Poverty

Shehzin Mozammel Palad frequently witnessed abject poverty and life-threatening illnesses among the underprivileged while growing up in Bangladesh. To this day, she can remember seeing a young street urchin sucking on a rotten mango peel for nutrients. The sorrow that she felt that day is one of many experiences that impacted her decision to pursue a medical career and attend the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).

“It became apparent to me that nurses provide unconditional and impartial care to the ailing regardless of whether they are impoverished or the elite upper class,” says Palad, 35, a member of the UMSON Class of 2015 who will be graduating in December. “Nurses get to become acquainted with their patients and provide for them on a level that surpasses allopathic medicine alone.”

Palad took a circuitous route on her career path and eceived some welcome assistance along the way.

After immigrating to Canada, Palad received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Then she moved to Baltimore and became a research specialist at the Johns Hopkins Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, where she discovered “my aspiration to become a nurse anesthetist. 

She enrolled in UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia Program where she received the Arthur Stamler, MD, Memorial Scholarship during her final year. The donor, Marge Bergemann, a member of the Board of Visitors and a retired CRNA, created this scholarship fund in memory of her brother, Arthur Stamler, MD.

Says Palad: “I was both honored and extremely grateful to have been selected by the faculty to be the recipient of this prestigious scholarship,” which is awarded annually to a CRNA student. “I am thankful for the generosity and unwavering commitment to furthering nursing education.”

Thanks to this scholarship, Palad will be able to graduate in December and has accepted a position as a CRNA at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she will start working in March 2016.  

“The knowledge and training that I have acquired through the program will be invaluable to my growth as an individual whose aim is to continue to extend comprehensive health care services to all members of the Baltimore community. I also intend to become involved in mission work by providing health care and anesthesia services to the poor and disadvantaged, particularly in Bangladesh.”