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Communications - News at Medicine - December 2017 - Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine celebrates a $5 million milestone

Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine celebrates a $5 million milestone
December 7, 2017
The Faculty of Medicine’s Building a Healthy Tomorrow Campaign has raised more than $5 million for student support, simulation and educational technology, and research.
“This milestone is good news for the people and communities we serve,” said Dr. Margaret Steele, dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “Thanks to the many donors, our learners, faculty and researchers will have access to the tools and support they need to be the best they can be. Their generosity will help us with our vision to improve the health of the people and communities we serve through excellence, integrated education, research and social accountability.”

Second year doctor of medicine student Jessica Dobson knows firsthand how important student support is. “Many of us in medical school struggle to find who we are within the program. We ask ourselves if we really deserve to have the privilege to be here. Having been accepted off the waitlist, I was certainly no exception to this,” said Jessica. “Receiving the Dr. Kevin Keough Medical Entrance Bursary a few months into my first year did more than relieve some of the financial strain arising from the high costs of medical school. It also helped me navigate and overcome this self-doubt. It helped me see that, with hard work and dedication, I have the potential to be the great physician that my mentors are.”

More than 700 donors gave more than $3 million for bursaries, scholarships and awards; $1 million for medical research that includes obesity, genetics, Indigenous outreach, ovarian cancer, rural and northern health, epilepsy, stroke, heart disease, and more; and nearly $1 million in simulation and educational technology during the campaign.  

“Receiving scholarships, bursaries or awards means recipients who are struggling with finances can focus more on their studies or research rather than their debt,” noted Dr. Steele. “The investment in simulation and educational technology allows our learners to practise skills before they use their skills on real patients. Newer educational technology means we can teach and assess students in a variety of ways. And the donations given for research will allow us to enhance the many facets of research we are doing here at the Faculty of Medicine. All of this ultimately improves the lives and health care the people we serve.”

“Focused on our special obligation to the province, the Faculty of Medicine contributes significantly to the advancement of teaching and learning, research and public engagement to pursue excellence in health care for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president of Memorial University. “We are extremely grateful to our donors. Thanks to them, we have made tremendous progress in advancing priorities that will support our future physicians and health care researchers– and ultimately address health care challenges directly affecting our communities.”

The Building a Healthy Tomorrow Campaign was officially launched on July 28, 2016 with a focus on improving the lives of people and the communities through medical education and research. 

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