White-Coats-4 Care Raises $185,000 For FAU Med School

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Staff report

The 9th annual White Coats-4-Care Donor Appreciation Reception brought in more than $185,000 for the incoming FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine class of 2023.

The event preceded the formal Annual White Coat Ceremony held the same week when the new students walked the stage to receive their first White Coat that represents integrity, compassion and trust, and symbolizes their commitment to serve patients.

Personal notes from donors were inserted into each student’s coat pocket.

The fundraising event, created developed and co-chaired by Kaye Communications, has also become the college’s principal scholarship fundraising event. It has raised more than $600,000 since its inception, which has helped more than 500 medical students.

With the average cost of medical school education and living expenses reaching $250,000 for students in-state to $400,000 for students out-of-state, 85 percent of students require financial assistance. Often this heavy debt impacts a student’s choice of medical schools as well as their medical specialty based on its income potential to repay loans.

“Scholarship funds raised by White Coats-4-Care provide need-based financial support for gifted students who do not have the financial means to pay full tuition and give merit-based support to recognize their achievements,” Bonnie Kaye shared with attending donors. “Most importantly, these scholarships give students the ability to choose a career path in primary care – internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine – in which salaries are lower than other medical specialties, but the impact on our community is the greatest.”

“The Schmidt College of Medicine is committed to advancing the health and well-being of the community, but it cannot do it without the support of generous donors and devoted committee members who give their time, talent and treasure,” added Jon Kaye. “Success does take a village with vision, passion, unwavering commitment and engagement…and because of this, this year’s White Coats-4-Care raised more scholarship funds than ever before.”

During the event, Phillip Boiselle, M.D., dean of FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine also  announced the Palm Beach County Medical Society donated new stethoscopes to each member of the Class of 2023.

For more information or to make a contribution, contact Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Assistant Vice President for Development David S. Green, MBA at 561-297-4243 or davidgreen@health.fau.edu.