Welcome from President Eva Imperial, M.D., Class of 2000
Greetings to USC School of Medicine alumni,
The USC School of Medicine has seen much change in the past year, challenging our institution to become better than ever. Our new executive dean, Dr. Les Hall, is forging new relationships and alliances in the medical community. Our school’s associations with Tuomey Healthcare System of Sumter, Grand Strand Medical Center of Myrtle Beach and the new Florence Regional Campus for clinical training of medical students are indicative of positive change and growth, securing our school’s role as a major medical player in the state.
Most physicians thrive when faced with challenges, and we’ve certainly had no shortage of those in our profession. When I see current medical students, they seem so young and optimistic. At a recent School of Medicine Alumni Association Board Meeting, an M-4 student stated that he hopes to continue his relationship with the Alumni Association so he can give back once he is debt free. Seasoned physicians in the room didn’t want to break his optimism, but the truth is, the cost of medical school education has more than tripled in recent years, and the amount of debt medical students are faced with upon graduating is daunting. The enthusiasm and passion of students like this young man highlights the need for us, as alumni, to step up and become more involved in a variety of ways, so that we can continue to recruit, support and cultivate the next generation of physicians.
While financial support is important, there are other ways to become more engaged as an alumnus: contributing time, becoming a mentor for a medical student, being visible in your community or steering potential donors to our medical school. I challenge you to find ways to renew your involvement with our alma mater.
It has been an honor to be involved with our Alumni Association the past few years, and I hope to serve you all well in this coming year. May we all overcome challenges in our personal and professional lives and continue to become the best version of ourselves.
Eva Imperial, M.D.
Class of 2000
President, School of Medicine Alumni Association
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