On March 2, Southwestern Medical Foundation hosted its annual Scholarship Reception at Old Parkland honoring both donors and recipients of Southwestern Medical Foundation scholarships.

“UT Southwestern was the vision of civic leaders who had the incredibly enlightened understanding that the path to better health care is better medical education, so they set about establishing a medical school to ensure that Dallas and the region would have the very best in educated and trained physicians,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The evening began with a reception, where donors and scholarship recipients had the opportunity to chat. Following the reception, guests convened for a panel featuring medical students from UT Southwestern. Dr. Podolsky introduced the panelists, noting that “UT Southwestern, I think I can say without fear of contradiction anywhere, has become known worldwide for the importance of the research that has been carried out by its faculty.”

“UT Southwestern was the vision of civic leaders who had the incredibly enlightened understanding that the path to better health care is better medical education…."

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky

The panelists, all UT Southwestern medical students and scholarship recipients, were Anish Narayanan, Clara Telford, Philip Tully, and Maia VanDyke. The moderator for the evening was Dr. Angela Mihalic, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The panel discussed the importance of scholarship support, the value of being involved at an academic medical center, the impact that the school has on the community, the possibility of beginning a career in medicine in North Texas, and why students chose to come to UT Southwestern.

“As the academic institution recruits better physicians, the institution gets better, which recruits better physicians.”

Philip Tolley, 3rd year medical student

“This is a research powerhouse, and having the opportunity to go to medical school here, and have access to those resources and to the minds here — it was a no-brainer,” said Maia VanDyke, a 4th year medical student.

A highlight of the evening was the topic of scholarships and the effect they have on the academic performance of a university. The medical education that students receive at UT Southwestern not only attracts top students, but top faculty as well.

The ongoing cycle that the institution has been able to maintain allows for continued excellence. “As the academic institution recruits better physicians, the institution gets better, which recruits better physicians,” said Philip Tolley, a 3rd year medical student.

More than 60% of practicing physicians in North Texas receive all or part of their training at UT Southwestern. By providing scholarship support to UT Southwestern students, the community is helping the doctors who will one day take care of them and their families.

“The scholarships that have been made possible through your generosity is a huge catalyst in enabling our students to achieve their dreams.”

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky

“The scholarships that have been made possible through your generosity is a huge catalyst in enabling our students to achieve their dreams,” said Dr.  Podolsky. “For all those patients who are going to benefit from their expertise and compassion, and for those who will join us as faculty carrying out research and teaching, your investment in their education has enormous impact in many different ways.”

The panel ended with student remarks about their education at UT Southwestern and the medical community in North Texas.

 

“I feel very lucky to have faculty that I'm surrounded by who seem so happy with where they're at,” said Clara Telford, a 2nd year medical student. “Because as a student, all you know about what it's going to be like to work there is what you see from the people who are teaching you.”

“It's nice to have like a family here, and I believe that's something that I would also experience here, coming back as a resident in the future,” added Anish Narayanan, a 1st year medical student. “It's just such a welcoming place, such a welcoming community.


Learn more about the impact of Southwestern Medical Foundation's Scholarship program here.
View photos from the reception here.
View photos from the program here.