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Students Pay It Forward

May 24, 2017
Photo by Terry Dagradi
The Class of 2017’s participation in the Graduating Class Gift campaign reflects the enthusiasm of this exceptional group. Photo credit: Terry Dagradi

The Class of 2017 enthusiastically supported the Graduating Class Gift campaign with record participation

As we bid farewell to the Class of 2017, I’m delighted to report that 95 percent of the graduating class participated in the Graduating Class Gift campaign. This is the highest participation rate since the campaign was launched in 2009 and a testament to students’ appreciation of their experience at the School of Medicine.

Led by co-presidents Evan Levy and Jacob Siegel, the campaign took place for four weeks in March and met both its participation and dollar amount goals. The gift was bolstered by “challenge” donors Lillian Oshva, M.D. ’96, chair of the YSM Alumni Fund, and Richard Kayne, M.D. ’76, president of the Yale Association of Alumni in Medicine (AYAM), who each committed to a donation if the class goals were met.

The high rate of participation in the Graduating Class Gift Campaign is a testimony to the high level of engagement and enthusiasm of the Class of 2017. Students in this class have expressed their particular appreciation of AYAM, who have organized such initiatives as programs that connect female students with alumnae mentors and international students with local alumni, and a fundraising drive for each student to receive a stethoscope at the White Coat Ceremony. It’s not surprising that the gratitude and spirit of this class is embodied in their desire to give back to YSM and to future generations.

As the members of the graduating class embark on their careers in medicine, their participation in this annual drive is a positive reflection of the time they have spent here. Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them well in their future endeavors.

Robert J. Alpern, MD
Dean and Ensign Professor of Medicine