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Paying It Forward

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

SMHS Alumni Give To Put Advanced Education Within Reach

Calculating the value of an education is both literal and figurative, an amalgamation of dollars and cents, and knowledge and skill. For many, the financial costs of a medical education are a burden to a budding health care career. At GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), however, two alumni, whose new endowed scholarships total nearly $2 million, have ensured that the next generation of physicians can focus their efforts on learning. Stanley Kulaga Jr., M.D. ’64, and Bennet Porter Jr., M.D. ’53, A.A. ’49, had a first-hand understanding of that burden — and the significance a scholarship can have on a physician’s future.

Drawing From The Well

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

It’s a simple, buzzworthy word, frequently used but rarely acknowledged in the fast-paced, high-stress world of health care professionals: wellness.

For many, enduring the years of medical school, internship, and residency is a rite of passage; long hours and only snatches of sleep are a kind of boot camp, and wellness — taking care of oneself — can fall by the wayside while taking care of others, leaving some physicians vulnerable to the very conditions they may be treating. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, physicians are likely to grapple with depression, mental illness, and alcohol and substance abuse, and as many as 400 commit suicide every year in the United States.

PA Program Near and Dear

Melissa Bader Lewis was an environmental scientist, but as a college student at Rutgers University, she worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT), delivering care and comfort to patients. Her boyfriend (and later husband), Ian, was an EMT as well, and they envisioned their children following them into the profession. It’s a tradition, says Bader’s mother, Rochelle “Shelley” Bader, Ed.D. ’93, that runs strongly in the EMT community.

Clash of the Classes

PT Alumni Scholarship Competition

The Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Alumni Scholarship Competition began as a friendly rivalry. The DPT student presidents of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 charged their classmates with donating funds, with the stipulation that the class with the most participating donors — not the highest amount raised — would be declared the winner. So, for one month at the end of 2014, the three classes got to work. The victor: the Class of 2013.