ROBERT BONACCI, 2010
The best part about being a doctor, Bonacci says, is spending
time with patients.
“Being sick and hospitalized, for many, is an uncommon and
scary experience. At the same time, there is often a high degree
of trust between patients and doctors, such that patients are often
willing to share personal details about themselves that many of
their family members or friends might not know,” he says. “So you
get this incredible window into a person’s life, and the opportunity to
guide them through those trying (and sometimes even final) moments in
their lives, and to do so with compassion and love for our fellow humans.”
Bonacci is a first-year resident physician in the global health equity and internal medicine
program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. With the Phi Kappa Phi
fellowship, he was able to dedicate more time to serving his school and community.
He got involved with HIV epidemiology work, studying the relationship between
adherence and retention in HIV care. He also worked with Puentes de Salud, a health
organization serving the Latino immigrant community in south Philadelphia.
“I saw Phi Kappa Phi as something to strive for early in my college career, and
it motivated me to perform well both in and out of the classroom,” Bonacci says.
“After my first year at Ohio State, I received our university’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter
Outstanding First Year Student Award. The funding that accompanied this helped to
support my study abroad time, studying for six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This was a key time in my development, both for my Spanish, which I now use on a
weekly (and often daily) basis in my work as a doctor, and for my understanding of
just how much lies beyond our U.S. borders. Living abroad those six months lit in me
a fire not only to travel to other parts of the world, but also to understand more about
the health challenges that are both unique to those areas and shared
with the U.S.”
ROBYN CURTIS, 1998
Curtis, a life member of Phi Kappa Phi, is
the director of the office of nationally
competitive awards at The University of
Southern Mississippi, where she now
helps other students apply for awards
like the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships.
“I love helping outstanding students to
reach their fullest potential and take advantage of
all the educational opportunities that are available to them,” she says.
“I saw Phi Kappa Phi as something to strive for
early in my college career.”