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A Silent Fundraiser for the Class of 2010

Monday, March 10, 2008

 (l-r) Panagis Galiatsatos, Michael Grant, Nidhi Goel, Thom Reznik and Susan Gutschow, members of the class of 2010, gather at the auction.

The Class of 2010 held both live and silent auctions in a special event on Wednesday, March 5, at Westminster Hall. This year, the class partnered with the student organization Medicine for Mali as well as the local Baltimore chapter of the Ronald McDonald House to raise money for both those worthy causes, as well as to fund student activities for the School of Medicine Class of 2010. The proceeds from the event are still being tallied.

The auction is a student-run fundraiser that has traditionally raised money solely for medical student activities. Recently, the classes have begun working together with the Medicine for Mali Fund to benefit that organization, which is working to raise money to support the Hospital Gabrielle Toure and surrounding community health centers in Mali, West Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. The widely renowned Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) here at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has a field site in Mali, where it works on vaccine studies and public health projects. Students from the university will now have an opportunity to travel to Mali to help with these projects, gaining global health experience in a clinical setting.

In addition, the current second-year medical class has begun volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald House to organize various social and learning experiences. In hopes of promoting the charity on a long-term basis, some proceeds from the auction will also be devoted toward donations and future activities.

Auction items included a dinner for six students with Bruce Jarrell, MD, vice dean for Academic Affairs and Research; a week stay at an oceanfront condo in Ocean City, MD, donated by Karen Kotloff, MD, professor, Department of Pediatrics; and a once-in-a-lifetime getaway to a bed and breakfast located in the picturesque countryside of the Czech Republic, donated by Jakub Simon, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics.

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 Train trips, spa retreats and dinners to remember were among the many items auctioned off.

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