St. Vincent’s Medical Center made two pledges totaling $1,050,000 to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.
The medical center pledged $1 million to establish the medical school’s first endowed chair, The St. Vincent’s Medical Center Endowed Chair in Medical Sciences, which will be held by Stephen Wikel, senior associate dean for scholarship and professor and chair of the Department of Medical Sciences. Quinnipiac will match St. Vincent’s gift, creating a $2 million fund in perpetuity.
“I am honored to be the first holder of The St. Vincent’s Medical Center Endowed Chair in Medical Sciences, which attests to the commitment of our primary clinical partner to the School of Medicine,” Wikel said. “This gift will be used to further innovative educational initiatives, seminars and student-focused basic, transitional and clinical research, and other activities to enrich the student experience.”
St. Vincent’s also pledged $50,000 to create the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Primary Care Scholarship, which will be awarded to medical students who intend to pursue careers in primary care medicine and have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Thomas Azeizat, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Ryan N. Barnicle, of Newington, are the first St. Vincent’s Medical Center Scholars.
Dr. Stuart Marcus, president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, said “We’re pleased to partner with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine to educate and train the next generation of physicians. These gifts demonstrate our confidence in the school’s future, its faculty and the students who will study there. We congratulate and look forward to working with Stephen Wikel as first chair of the St. Vincent’s Endowed Chair. Congratulations also go to our two scholarship recipients, and we wish them our best as they begin this important journey into a career in medicine.”
Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, said, “The School of Medicine is honored by the generous gift of an endowed chair and their commitment of an annual contribution to the school’s scholarship fund. These gifts represent, in a very tangible way, their commitment to the school and our partnership.”
The medical school is located in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus with the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. The three schools are united not only in the same state-of-the-art complex but by the same mission: to graduate medical and health care practitioners who will be the driving force for a more collaborative, economical and efficient health care system. With the addition of a medical school, Quinnipiac is now educating the triad responsible for primary care—the physician assistant, nurse practitioner and physician.
The 60 students in the first class attend medical school in a state-of-the-art facility with simulation laboratories, examination and patient assessment rooms, high-tech classrooms, operating rooms and electronic resources that enable them to access the information they’ll need around the clock.
Students in the first class come from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. The list of schools where they received their undergraduate educations includes: Yale University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, New York University and Providence College.
The full-time faculty is made up of 22 professors. Many of them left positions at other institutions, including Yale University, Harvard University, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of California-San Diego and University of Indiana, to teach at Quinnipiac.