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IUSM-Evansville accepts $100,000 commitment to student scholarships

Jan. 16, 2014

Evansville donation

Vanderburgh Medical Alliance President Martha Vibul, center, presents a donation to Clerkship Director Elizabeth Kalb, left, and Development Director Cathy Zimmermann.

The Vanderburgh Medical Alliance made a commitment to provide $100,000 in scholarship funding to students at the IU School of Medicine-Evansville during a signing ceremony Jan.15 on the campus of University of Southern Indiana.

The Vanderburgh Medical Alliance is a non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of spouses of physicians who raise funds to support community health projects, medical scholarships and promote healthy choices.

VMA members have worked since 1929 to promote the health and wellness of the Southern Indiana community, including Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey and Henderson counties.

During the ceremony, VMA President Martha Vibul presented a starting check for $37,325 to Elizabeth Kalb, M.D., clerkship director and visiting clinical professor of family medicine at IUSM-Evansville, and Cathy Zimmermann, director of development at IUSM-Evansville.

Evansville donation

Attandents at the event included assembled students, faculty and staff, as well as VMA committee members.

The provision of medical scholarships is increasingly vital to IUSM-Evansville as the regional medical center transitions toward its new role as a four-year medical school. Previously, IUSM-Evansville students were required to complete the last two years of their medical education in Indianapolis.

In 2014, the Evansville campus will provide all four years of training locally – eventually growing to 200 students.

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