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December 2010 Issue

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases
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Performer Enjoys the 'Shared Experience' of IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Show

By Angela Koenig
Published December 2010

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the division of infectious diseases, also has another title: Singer/songwriter.


Although Fichtenbaum has scaled back on live performances of late, he made sure to mark his calendar for the IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert, which was held on Friday, Dec. 3.


When did you start performing?


"In my late teens. I have performed in clubs and various venues for many years. I am a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 1000.”


What is your talent? Do you perform other places?


"I write my own songs and perform those of others. I play guitar, banjo and harmonicas.  My stage name is Carl Jack.”


IvaDean is so special to so many people. Why is this concert important to you? 


"The IvaDean Scholarship is one of the most worthy at the medical school. She has been a fixture here for many years, helping so many students find their way. The transition to medical school can be difficult and every school needs a nurturing force that provides food for the soul. It is an honor to help this worthy effort in any small way. I especially like to visit IvaDean for the candy. 


Music is a wonderful way that human beings express their hopes, fears and desires. When we do it together, we share a common bond.  I love being a part of this concert because it allows us a shared experience embodying the essence of IvaDean.”


About the IvaDean Scholarship Fund…


The IvaDean Scholarship Fund was initiated by the class of 2003 to as a way to honor IvaDean Lair’s 40-plus years of service to the college and provide relief to students burdened by the escalating costs of medical school tuition. In the time since, individual donors—and students-led fundraisers, such as this concert—have raised approximately $1.5 million, which is kept in an endowment at the UC Foundation.


From the 2004-05 academic year through the 2010-11 academic year, 59 medical students have received $304,500 in scholarships. In keeping with IvaDean’s preference, these scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.

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