School of Medicine
The School of Medicine raised more than $500 million during the campaign, with approximately $210 million for research, $103 million for special programs, $59 million in endowment, $48 million for capital construction and $14 million in unrestricted funding. Funds supported the opening of two new buildings, the Carter Harrison Research Building and the Claude Moore Medical Education Building. In the Carter Harrison Building, medical scientists collaborate on lifesaving therapies and cures for disease. The Claude Moore Medical Education Building supports a new model of medical education that is interactive and based on problem solving, group learning and developing exceptional clinical skills. The campaign also created 27 new medical professorships and 35 scholarships. The scholarships have allowed the school to increase the percentage of its support for all students in need and to attract students from all financial backgrounds. The professorships are helping to attract and retain talented and skilled scholars. The campaign also supported promising research programs in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other areas. This critical support helps to strengthen U.Va.’s basic, translational and clinical research programs. The School of Medicine was part of the overall Campaign for Health, which raised more than $677 million for health-related programs at U.Va.
Claude Moore Medical Education Building
Completed in 2010, the Claude Moore Medical Education Building serves as the nucleus of the school’s innovative curriculum, which integrates basic and clinical sciences with an emphasis on clinical performance. The state-of-the-art facility includes a high-tech and interactive Learning Studio, a Clinical Performance Education Center and Medical Simulation Training Center. The Claude Moore Medical Education Building was made possible through the generosity of School of Medicine alumni, faculty and friends, who committed more than $40.3 million toward its construction. To recognize their generosity, several named spaces inside the building serve as a lasting tribute to their dedication to medical education at U.Va.
Breakthrough Cancer Research
Todd Bauer, MD, is among a growing number of investigators who have coalesced at U.Va. to create a vibrant program for pancreatic cancer and treatment. His research focuses on developing new, more effective treatments for patients—quickly moving discoveries in the lab to the patient’s bedside. Today, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer remains a dismal five percent. Dr. Bauer has developed a research program at U.Va. that seeks to understand the biology of pancreatic cancer and to translate that understanding into therapies for patients. His work is complemented by U.Va.’s High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic, one of the first programs in the nation to not only provide comprehensive care, but also to screen patients with key risk factors for the disease. A U.Va. Health Foundation trustee was moved to support Dr. Bauer’s work after hearing him describe his research goals at a foundation meeting. Her initial gift has led to a number of subsequent larger gifts from other individuals and foundations. This support allows Dr. Bauer to move his research forward and to offer new hope to pancreatic patients.
Gifts at Work
Preparing the Physicians of Tomorrow
A top-notch medical education is expensive, with average student debt at graduation totaling approximately $117,256. While U.Va. keeps costs as low as possible, most medical students rely on scholarship support, and they consider the amount of scholarship funding available when choosing a school. Scholarships are essential for U.Va. to attract the best students and help them succeed. Currently, thanks to generous donor support, U.Va. provides students with one-fourth the yearly cost of attending medical school.
Thirty-five new scholarships were created during the campaign, enabling U.Va.’s School of Medicine to award some measure of support to approximately 65 percent of its students. These scholarships enable talented students to attend medical school at U.Va., regardless of their financial circumstances. In the words of fourth-year medical student Ryan Jones, “Scholarships are a vital part of keeping many of our medical dreams alive.”