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Scholarship support is helping many of our students fulfill their dreams of becoming health care professionals. Extraordinary, long-term financial sacrifices are often required to pursue degrees in medicine and the health sciences. The debt burden facing graduates across the country can be severe.

Dennis Narango, M.A., CFRE
Dennis Narango, M.A., CFRE
Associate Dean, SMHS, and Associate Vice President for
GW Medicine Development and Alumni Relations

Among GW’s Class of 2016 M.D. program students, more than half graduated with significant debt, some with obligations exceeding $200,000. Those are daunting figures.

Likewise, students in the health sciences programs often leave campus with large debt loads. In a survey of the Class of 2016 physical therapy and physician assistant students, a sizable percentage reported six-figure debt.

The high cost of pursuing an education in an expensive city such as Washington, D.C. limits the school’s ability to recruit top students, especially those from less affluent families. The availability of scholarships can address that situation. We want to ensure that when students face career decisions — such as which specialty to choose or where to practice — they are free to base those decisions on their passions and callings, and not on financial anxiety and pressure.

We need to tackle this problem by finding ways to reduce the debt load. Scholarships are one of the most effective tools for accomplishing this task. To that end, we are working to raise at least $4.5 million in new scholarships this academic year through philanthropic contributions. Our  website, smhs.gwu.edu, provides detailed information on this effort.

GW already offers more than 70 endowed scholarships in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). The benefactors who created those scholarships as well as those who contribute to them have always expressed satisfaction in being able to help others, particularly students pursuing their dreams in medicine and the health sciences.

We want to ensure that no qualified student is forced to pass up a career in medicine or the health sciences because the cost of education is too high. The goal of SMHS is not only to attract the best and brightest students to GW, but also to help reduce or eliminate the crushing financial burden that they can face upon graduation. All alumni and friends are invited to participate in the SMHS scholarship campaign. For information about supporting our scholarship fund, please contact Sumana Chatterjee at (202) 994-6724 or schatter@gwu.edu. Please join us in this cause.

Sincerely,

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Dennis Narango, M.A., CFRE
Associate Dean, SMHS, and Associate Vice President for
GW Medicine Development and Alumni Relations

P.S. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to SMHS without having to pay income taxes on the money. These gifts count toward your IRA’s minimum distribution requirements and benefit you regardless of whether you itemize deductions on your income tax returns. Visit gwu.planmylegacy.org/ira-charitable-rollover for more information.

SMHS Board of Advisors

Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. ’72, FACP, MACR, Co-Chair
Rheumatology; Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, Multispecialty Physician Partners; GW Board of Trustees
Lara S. Oboler, M.D. ’95, Co-Chair
Cardiology; Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute
Gary M. Abramson
Partner, the Tower Companies
Christopher L. Barley, M.D. ’93
Internal Medicine; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cornell/Weill School of Medicine
Constance Urciolo Battle, M.D. ’67, FAAP
Pediatrics and Public Health
Luther W. Brady Jr., M.D. ’48, HON. ’04, B.A. ’46, A.A. ’44
Radiation Oncology; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Radiation Oncology, Drexel University College of Medicine; GW Emeritus Trustee
Carlos R. Diaz, M.D. ’72, RESD ’75
President and Owner, Aeromedical Services
Daniel Ein, M.D., FACP, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Clinical Professor of Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Director, Allergy & Sinus Center, GW Medical Faculty Associates
Thomas E. Flynn, M.D.. ’86
Ophthalmology, Ellsworth Uveitis & Retina Care
Jeanne G. Holzgrefe, M.D. ’96, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Psychiatry; Chevy Chase Psychiatric Services; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Floyd Alexander Katske, M.D. ’76, RESD ’77
Urology; Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Jay E. Katzen, M.D. ’72, B.A. ’67
Ophthalmology; The Eye Center; GW Board of Trustees
Kerry L. Kuhn, M.D. ’73, RESD ’77, B.A. ’70, FACOG
OB/GYN; Private Practice; Senior Vice President of VitalMD
Gerald S. Lazarus, M.D. ’63
Dermatology; Professor of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University; Former Member, GW Board of Trustees
John C. Pan, M.D. ’70, RESD ’74
OB/GYN; Founder, Center for Integrative Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Smita H. Patel, M.D., DFAPA
Psychiatry, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Richard G. Popiel, M.D. ’81, RESD ’83, M.B.A., B.S. ’75
Internal Medicine; Executive Vice President, Healthcare Services, Chief Medical Officer, Cambia Health Solutions & Regence Health Insurance Company
Rakesh C. Sahni, M.D.
Cardiology; Maryland Cardiology Associates
Mark W. Surrey, M.D. ’72, FACOG, FACS
OB/GYN-Reproductive Endocrinology; Professor & Clinical Director, Reproductive Surgery, UCLA; Co-Founder and Medical Director, Southern California Reproductive Center
Allan B. Weingold, M.D., HON. ’98
OB/GYN; Professor Emeritus, Former Chair of OB/GYN, Former Vice President for Medical Affairs and Executive Dean, The George Washington University
Art B. Wong, M.D. ’67
Emergency Medicine; Founder, Emergency Physicians Medical Group, PC
The SMHS Board of Advisors offers the dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences recommendations on strategic priorities and important issues for the school, and provides generous support and advocacy.

The SMHS Board of Advisors offers the dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences recommendations on strategic priorities and important issues for the school, and provides generous support and advocacy.