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Medical students express gratitude to benefactors at first annual Scholarship Donor Reception

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Latest release of the medical school’s art and literary journal unveiled

A brand new issue of the literary journal, Narrateur: Reflections on Caring, was shared with guests at the first annual Scholarship Donor Reception hosted at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell on May 22.  The event celebrated those who have generously funded scholarships for medical students, and highlighted readings by scholarship recipients who authored pieces in the seventh edition of Narrateur.

In attendance were New York philanthropists and the School of Medicine’s namesake, Donald and Barbara Zucker, including over 20 scholarship donors who have helped to decrease the financial burden for so many prospective professionals in medicine. Mixing and mingling with benefactors were nearly 45 scholarship recipients who voiced their appreciation for the opportunity to turn their aspirations into reality. In fact, the Zucker School of Medicine is among the top 20 medical schools in the U.S. offering the lowest debt burden for graduates.

“It is hard for some to imagine not being able to pursue a dream only because of the price tag, especially after all the hard work to get into medical school,” said first-year medical student and scholarship recipient, Omoyeni Clement, in her speech. “Instead, we are allowed to live each day actualizing that dream…your philanthropy will continue to make a longstanding difference in the lives of so many.”

Kristoffer Strauss, MD, class of 2018 and contributor to Narrateur, also shared his gratitude for a dream made possible.  “[The scholarship] was a life-changing moment for me,” said Dr. Strauss who will start residency in psychiatry this July. “It changed the trajectory of what I thought I would do in my career, it changed the dynamic of my family life—it’s an amazing gift.”

Published by the Zucker School of Medicine and Northwell Health, Narrateur is an annual compilation of artistic works including fiction, poetry, photographs, paintings, sculpture, sketches and other expressions all by medical students, doctors, nurses, educators and health practitioners of all levels.  It is also an integral part of the Humanities in Medicine program at the Zucker School of Medicine designed to help students-in-training as well as healthcare professionals to develop the perspective necessary to understand the impact of illness on patients’ lives while providing an outlet for self-exploration and expression.

The latest issue of Narrateur contains nearly 70 works of art and literature.

“The journal emphasizes the difference between providing care and caring about something or caring for someone,” said Adam Lalley, second-year medical student and managing editor of Narrateur. “What all of the pieces [in Narrateur] have in common is growth, personal and professional. It is a record of rites of passage for caregivers.”

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Adrienne Stoller

Adrienne Stoller is communications manager at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. For more information about news items or media inquiries, please send a message to or call 516-463-7585.

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