School of Medicine Scholarship Donor Luncheon
By Kate McCunniff
April 15, 2010
Faculty, staff, administrators and students recently gathered together to honor donors
of the TTUHSC SOM at a luncheon in April. With almost 100 people in attendance, students had the unique opportunity to eat lunch with and meet the very donors who
have made it possible for them to pursue their medical education. Texas Tech Chancellor
Kent Hance and School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Steven Berk both spoke at the luncheon.
They recognized the donors present and also spoke of the significant impact donors
have on the School of Medicine.
Student speakers included second year medical student, Bill McCunniff, and fourth
year medical student, Nina Resetkova. McCunniff, a recipient of the Bernhard T. Mittemeyer
Presidential Scholarship, recalled the life experiences which shaped his desire to
become a physician. He also spoke about the way in which scholarships have enabled
him to pursue his dreams in medicine.
“I would not be here if it were not for the scholarships and generosity of you all,
the donors who so willingly and selflessly give to medical students just like me.
So many of my fellow students are only able to attend medical school today because
of you. Your financial support makes each of us want to work even harder to pursue
our careers with passion, devotion to people and a dedication to fulfilling our role
in society,” McCunniff said.
Resetkova, a recipient of the Nathan Wilson Memorial Scholarship, will soon begin
her residency training in Ob/Gyn at Johns Hopkins. She spoke of the ways in which
scholarships assisted her in her goal of giving back and of hopefully one day shaping
the direction of medicine.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. will have about
750,000 doctors by 2025, about 159,000 fewer than it needs. The U.S. population is
expected to increase from 300 million in 2006 to 350 million in 2025, and a larger
proportion will be older, thus more likely to need medical care. Last year, because
of donor support, the SOM awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships. These scholarships
enable the school to address the physician shortage by giving students the opportunities
to pursue medicine.