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School of Medicine Donor Appreciation Luncheon 2011

By Danette Baker

April 14, 2011

Thanks to donors, our medical students can…

SOM Luncheon 2011… focus more on their education and less on their finances

“ The generosity of all the scholarship donors relieves a great deal of emotional and financial stress … the willingness of the scholarship donors to give back allows us to breathe a sign of relief and reassures us that the ability to pay need not be the limited factor in higher education.”  — Geoffrey Fisher, second-year medical student

… pursue their dreams

“One thing that keeps us (students) motivated to stick with it is the support we get from others. The scholarship donors are an integral part of our support system.” —Anna Venardos, second-year medical student

… make an impact in the community

“It would have been harder without your financial help to go to the HSC free clinic in Lubbock and spend another 4 hours there after a 12-hour day at the hospital  … You have done a great service not only to me and my fellow classmates but also to the community in making better health care possible.” —David Kidwell, fourth-year medical student

Words of gratitude and praise punctuated the annual School of Medicine Donor Appreciation Luncheon held April 14 at the TTU International Cultural Center Hall of Nations in Lubbock. School administration, faculty and students explained the important role donors have in their education as well as in the school’s research and faculty development.

SOM Luncheon 2011

“Our donors provide our school with a wealth of opportunities in education and research,” said School of Medicine Dean Steven Berk, M.D. “One of the goals is to bring in gifts that will help recruit and retain the brightest and best students and faculty, and provide much needed scholarships and assistance.

“We are truly fortunate to have extremely supportive partners in our mission.”

Last year, donor support enabled the School of Medicine to provide more than $468,000 in scholarships to 217 students.

While the institution is always appreciative of the contributions made to TTUHSC, President Tedd Mitchell, M.D., said today’s economy coupled with the ever-increasing need for physicians, makes the gifts even more valuable as TTUHSC strives to fulfill its mission.