Medical School Scholarship Fund Named in Honor of IvaDean Lair-Adolph
Published May 2003
Generations of medical students at UC have one thing in
common, a woman who has worked in the Dean's Office for over 40 years
making sure "her kids" were taken care of as they studied to become
physicians. IvaDean Lair-Adolph is now an assistant dean in the College
of Medicine, but students still go to her office to raid the cookie jar
between classes. They still go to IvaDean when they need to change
their clerkship schedules. They still rely on IvaDean when they apply
for residency or want to make sure they will complete their graduation
requirements on time. Most importantly, students still turn to IvaDean
when they need advice or just a friend to listen to their concerns.
About the only thing IvaDean hasn't been able to do for thousands of
medical students is pay their tuition. But that may soon change.
Prompted by students in the Class of 2003, who decided
to use their class gift to start a scholarship fund in honor of
IvaDean, the College has instituted the lvaDean Medical Stu-dent
Scholarship Fund as a major fund-raising activity.
"Our goal is to raise $100,000 a year for the next five
years," says Dr. Laura Wexler, associate dean of Student Affairs and
Admissions. Scholarships for medical students have become an essential
part of maintaining the prestige and mission of the College of
Medicine. To attract applications from the best students in Ohio and
out of state, UC faces competition from other medical schools and must
keep the debt level of its graduates manageable.
Dr. Wexler adds, "A key to attracting and retaining
academically and personally outstanding students is to be able to offer
scholarship aid. The recruitment of superior students is as important
as the recruitment of superior faculty. In recent years, we have not
kept pace with the other schools in Ohio in the number and size of the
scholarships we can offer. We hope this scholarship fund in honor of
IvaDean will change that."
The College of Medicine wants to maintain its
competitive edge. It also wants to assist students with the increasing
challenge of financing a medical education. The mountain of debt (the
average debt of graduates reached $100,000 in 2002) facing medical
students can be overwhelming and may make some hesitant to enter fields
that require long residencies or to pursue fellowship training. This is
a loss for the students and for society. "We want our students to have
the full range of opportunities in medicine available to them," says
William Martin II, MD, dean of the College of Medicine,
agrees. "One of my top priorities is to recruit highly motivated,
academically gifted students to the College of Medicine," says Dr.
Martin. "We want a student body that can take full advantage of the
outstanding clinical and research training available here and become
leaders in their fields."
When students in this year's senior class started
thinking about their class gift, IvaDean came quickly to mind. "She is
the person who has contribut-ed the most to making medical school
bearable for us!" wrote Jen Ernst and Bill Knight, co-chairs of the
class. After discussion with Dr. Wexler, they realized a scholarship
named in honor of IvaDean was the perfect way to thank her for support
of medical students.
IvaDean began working in the Dean's Office immediately
after graduating from high school. She started her career processing
admission applications. Over time she assumed more responsibilities,
eventually becoming the registrar as well as handling financial aid and
planning graduation. As the complexity of Student Affairs increased,
more people joined the Dean's Office staff, but lvaDean has retained
her essential function as "the person to go to" whenever students need
help. She has seen over 6,000 students grad-uate, and remembers most by
IvaDean's contributions to the operation of the College
of Medicine were recognized in 1994 when she was named assistant dean
of Student Affairs and Medical Records. She has had a profound
influence on medical students as an advisor, advocate, and confidant.
She has shared many special moments, including marriages and
childbirths, in the lives of her students. And, of course, she is
always present to help them celebrate their achievements at Match Day
and graduation. While lvaDean has found great personal happiness in her
marriage to Dr. Robert Adolph, former chief of cardiology and emeritus
professor of medicine, she is not ready to join him in retirement. She
still gets to her office every day at 7 a.m., and seldom leaves before
6 p.m. Indeed, IvaDean says she expects to be "bronzed in my desk
Ever the advocate of the College of Medicine, IvaDean
adds, "We want our grads to remember us with a warm fuzzy feeling
because if they feel that way, they will certainly encourage their
children to think about attending the UC College of Medicine." The
IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund provides a fitting opportunity
for every graduate who has been helped by this amazing woman to thank
her and to help ensure a strong future for the College of Medicine.