President's LetterDear Canby Robinson Society,
Commencement is a time of looking back and looking forward. To see how far we’ve come and what’s ahead of us. Our Class of 2012 is taking the next step in their careers as leaders in medicine, and I am ending my term as Canby Robinson Society Board president. It seems like a perfect time to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished together.
As members of the society, I like to think we’re following the model set by Dr. George Canby Robinson, dean of the School of Medicine from 1920 to 1928, who was a visionary in improving medical education and bringing together teaching, patient care and research under one roof. We’ve played a part in helping create these future leaders in health care. We’ve been able to lighten their burden of medical school debt by supporting scholarships, and we’ve supported these students as professors, mentors, volunteers and friends during this challenging journey.
As president of the CRS Board, I have had the good fortune to meet many of the outstanding Canby Robinson Scholars. More recently, I have had the privilege of making that special phone call, in which I inform the applicant that they have been awarded this honor. All of these young men and women were attracted to Vanderbilt by the quality of education they knew they would receive as well as the warm and collegial culture of our faculty and staff. However, they would not have come here without the benefit of financial support. Without the CRS Scholarship, they would graduate with enormous debt that likely would impact their ability to pursue research, teaching, community service and even their interest in some of the less remunerative specialties. The ability to offer medical scholarships is truly life-changing, and I have been able to see that every day.
Every gift at every level makes a difference for these students. Through the collective impact of your gifts, we support scholarships for outstanding students, endowed chairs for faculty, early efforts in groundbreaking research and up-to-date facilities. All this is made possible by the generosity of friends and colleagues who give faithfully year after year.
Your sustained giving in turn sustains these good efforts. We will all reap the benefits of educating tomorrow’s leaders in medicine. It’s been such an honor to work side by side with you, and I’m looking forward to our next steps.
Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D.
Canby Robinson Society