The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine educates physicians who are science-based, skilled, and compassionate clinicians by preparing them to meet the challenges of practicing medicine in the 21st century and educates investigators who are prepared to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research focused on bettering the human condition and advancing the fundamental understanding of medical science.
Gifts to the School of Medicine help fulfill its mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through pioneering biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.
- General Support for the School of Medicine
- Medical Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
- Medical Student Scholarship Fund
- Medical Alumni Student Resource Fund
You probably know excellence when you see it, or realize when you don’t, but what exactly is it? Even more to the point, how can excellence be defined in terms of educating tomorrow’s physicians and investigating today’s diseases?
At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where excellence is an everyday pursuit (and a goal that is often attained), I believe that creativity and leadership are two of the characteristics of excellence that define it best. Why? Our mission, first and foremost, is to educate the finest clinicians and investigators, and to be successful in either—or, in some cases, both—of these ventures requires nothing less than outstanding creativity and leadership.
One needs to be creative as a clinician because, despite all of the advances we have made in medicine, it is still quite often a mystery; and diagnoses are not always obvious. One needs to be creative as an investigator because research, by its very nature, involves a quest for that which is hidden and, if discovered, constitutes one more bit of the vast, intricate puzzle we call life. Furthermore, one needs leadership skills if one hopes to address the extremely complicated problems that we face in the delivery and financing of our nation’s health care. Clearly, on this matter in particular, not to be part of the solution is to be part of the problem, which makes good leadership skills all the more essential.
You can be certain that anyone accepted to medical school at the University of Pittsburgh will be exceptionally bright and accomplished. That’s a given. However, creativity and leadership are the qualities that we seek most in prospective students. In fact, I also highly value these attributes in our faculty, our administrators, and everyone else who has a hand in making our medical school what it is today.
Arthur S. Levine, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine
Major Gifts Officer