The Annual Fund supports the many people involved in educating and training the students, residents and fellows at Washington University School of Medicine.
Donors may choose to designate their Annual Fund contribution to medical scholarships, the alumni endowed professorships and academic programs, departments and divisions. You can learn how the Annual Fund supports each of these programs below.
- More than one-fifth of all MD, MD/MA, and MD/PhD students receive scholarship support from unrestricted Annual Fund gifts.
- 67 annual scholarships were awarded to MD, PT, OT, and PACS students during the 2011-12 academic year.
- 29 MD classes have created endowed class scholarships.
- The Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Program (DASP), established in 1989 by the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association, awards four-year, full-tuition scholarships to four MD students named in honor of esteemed alumni of the School of Medicine.
- The Program in Occupational Therapy devotes 100% of its Annual Fund to scholarship support.
- The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences Annual Fund supports scholarships and financial aid; all PACS students receive full or partial scholarships.
- The Program in Physical Therapy directs Annual Fund support to scholarships and financial aid, with nine out of ten PT students receiving assistance. This support offers PT students the opportunity to participate in research and community projects that complement their education, resulting in a more comprehensive experience.
Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRCs)
The IRCs are central in promoting scientific and educational innovations across school boundaries. They have the primary goal of promoting innovative interdisciplinary, inter-departmental research and education in the biological and medical sciences. The mission of the IRCs is to assemble talented faculty and students to address key and emerging scientific problems, and to understand fundamental biological processes with broad implications for human health. Currently, there are seven Interdisciplinary Research Centers:
- The BRIGHT Institute (Bridging Research with Imaging, Genomics and High-Throughput)
- Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Disorders
- Center for Study of Itch (CSI)
- Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research (CWIDR)
- Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center (DCDC)
- Hope Center Program on Protein Aggregation and Neurodegeneration (HPAN)
- Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology
- Annual Fund gifts directed to departments and divisions support training, research and education for residents and fellows.
- Resident training continues to evolve through the use of emerging technologies including interactive software and sophisticated simulators. Annual Fund support helps to expand the breadth and scope of training opportunities.
- Gifts to the Annual Fund provide resources for residents and fellows to travel to professional conferences and interact with leaders in their field or specialty.
- The Alumni Endowed Professorships are the result of the combined generosity of many alumni whose gifts aim at endowing a chair in each department in the School of Medicine. This program is one example of many creative ways alumni are helping the School of Medicine recruit and retain exceptional faculty members. Currently, there are nine faculty members who hold Alumni Endowed Professorships.
- Unrestricted gifts to departments and divisions at the School of Medicine provide much needed support for faculty recruitment and research.
Unrestricted gifts also support student activities and outreach initiatives. On average, almost $49,000 from unrestricted funds given by MD alumni and former House Staff is allocated to student organizations and community service projects. These projects enhance students’ educational experience by allowing them to turn classroom learning into immediate practice and application. Some examples include:
- The Forum on International Health and Tropical Medicine (FIHTM), which aims to expose the medical community to international health concerns by sending students on international rotations and inviting expert speakers.
- The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic is a free clinic run with the help of at least one physician and six Washington University medical students. The student group’s mission is to provide episodic and preventative medical care free of charge to uninsured adults in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood and beyond.
- The Young Scientist Program (YSP), a student-led group striving to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and scientists.