School of Medicine Impact Report Spring 2020

Dear Medical Alumni and Friends,

For several years, your generous focus on scholarship has elevated funds—reaching a recent pinnacle of $37 million in endowed scholarship dollars—while steadily moving student debt downward. This has allowed medical students to train within a system noted for offering the best in care, with a signature focus on cura personalis.

As he concludes nearly two decades of extraordinary service as Dean for Medical Education, Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell has exemplified “care of the whole person” and has made it his priority to celebrate many shared accomplishments while sounding the call for more financial aid in an increasingly complicated environment for medical students.

A new scholarship fund named in Dean Mitchell’s honor will provide critical tuition assistance for students who are historically underrepresented in medicine, have a demonstrated financial need, and are in the first generation of their families to pursue medical school. The School of Medicine invites alumni and friends to the debut of The Mitchell Scholars, which will ensure that cost of attendance does not prevent us from developing the best possible class of Georgetown medical students.

Thanks to those who have already contributed generously and who are further inspired by The Mitchell Scholars. The Class of 2020, undeterred by a “virtual” celebration of both their Match Day and Commencement exercises, contributed a moving tribute video celebrating Dean Mitchell’s indelible mark on the School of Medicine. Watch the online tribute here.

With Gratitude

Thanks to dedicated donors like you, Karin Collins (M’20), was awarded a medical scholarship. She graduated this past May and is looking to complete her residency in Emergency Medicine. As a newly graduated Hoya, Karin looks back fondly on her decision to come to Georgetown.

“When I got accepted from the waitlist, I had an important decision to make: do I, as an Oregonian, decide to move across the country and start afresh? Or do I continue my education in Oregon and stay within my comfort zone? Looking back, the reason I chose the former was two-fold. First, I noticed that the culture of GUSOM was one built on community and care for one another. Secondly, I recognized that the opportunities that would be afforded me by attending GUSOM would be countless. I am so glad I made that decision and look forward to the days when I will see my fellow M’20 Hoyas all over the world changing the face of medicine.”

Without your sustaining investment in the School of Medicine, students like Karin might not have access to the world-class education GUSOM provides.

“This scholarship reminds me of the crowd of people who have invested in and believed in me along the way—teachers, parents, friends, mentors, financial aid advisors, and selfless donors like you. Your gift will impact countless people and patients as it allows us to focus on the pursuit of our dreams rather than the repayment of tuition. Thank you for believing in us and choosing to express that through your incredible generosity and kindness.”

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Supporting the Georgetown University School of Medicine is an important part of the lives of many of our donors. Here is what three Hoyas have to say about the importance of philanthropy.

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