Spring 2015

Pitching in to Help

A message from your alumni association president

140616_14362_hedges090.jpgI have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Tufts medical students for many years. Whether as an advisor, instructor, lecturer, attending during rotations in my clinics or research supervisor, I have found that our students are bright, enthusiastic and hard working.

All students soon become involved in delivering medicine to the underserved, the principle that underpins the Boston Dispensary, founded in 1796. I have witnessed this when I visit the Sharewood Project, the student-run clinic that offers free care to the medically underserved populations in the greater Boston area. And at our recent Tufts Medical Alumni Council meeting, we heard program director Jennifer Greer-Morrissey talk about the many projects offered through the medical school’s Community Service Learning program, for which all our students are asked to fulfill a minimum of 50 hours of service to an established community-based program before they graduate. Many of these projects are done in the Boston area. Joyce Sackey, dean for multicultural affairs and global health, also helps arrange several rotations abroad.

Many of these projects provide great opportunities for alumni participation. Recently, you received notice that Mark Pearlmutter, ’84, is organizing another medical student trip to Haiti in June and July and needs volunteer faculty to accompany them. Dean Harris Berman and I are working on other opportunities geared primarily for alumni. I just met with Lisa Shmerling, M.P.H.14, M.D./M.P.H.14P, executive director of the MAVEN Project (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network). We will be looking for Tufts alumni to join a corps of experienced volunteer physicians to serve parttime in “safety-net clinics” for underserved patients via web-based technology. In addition, we are meeting with the organizers of Seed Global Health, which, in partnership with the Peace Corps, can arrange sabbaticals for interested alumni in various medical institutions, primarily in Africa.

You can help. Your Tufts Medical Alumni Association dues fund many of these projects.

Alumni are encouraged to contact Erin Morgan, director of development for alumni giving and relations, at erin.morgan@tufts.edu regarding the opportunities I have mentioned so that Tufts can continue to remain a leader in providing medical care in the spirit of our founders.

Thomas R. Hedges, ’75
President, Tufts Medical Alumni Association

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