Walter G. Wasser

Reflecting: Inspiring Service at Einstein

As an alumnus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the recent news of our alma mater’s monumental leap towards tuition-free education fills me with immense pride and optimism. Having walked the halls of Einstein ~50 years ago, I am thrilled to witness this historic milestone that will undoubtedly shape the future of medical education and inspire a new generation of aspiring physicians.

The announcement of tuition-free education for all students, made possible by Dr. Ruth Gottesman’s extraordinary $1 billion donation, represents more than just a financial boon. It is a beacon of hope and opportunity that will empower young students to dream boldly and pursue their passion for medicine without the burden of crippling debt.

One aspect of this milestone that particularly resonates with me is its potential to encourage young students to venture into public service careers, such as research and teaching. As someone who has dedicated my career to serving others, I understand the profound impact that public service can have on individuals and communities alike.

By removing the financial barriers to education, Dr. Gottesman’s gift not only enables students to pursue their medical aspirations but also encourages them to consider careers that prioritize service and giving back. With the freedom to pursue their passions without the looming specter of debt, students may be more inclined to explore fields like medical research, community health, and medical education—areas where their talents and expertise can make a meaningful difference.

As alumni, we have a unique opportunity to mentor and support the next generation of physicians as they embark on their journey. We can share our own experiences, offer guidance, and instill in them the values of compassion, empathy, and service that lie at the heart of medicine.

Moreover, we can serve as living examples of the impact that one individual can have in shaping the future of healthcare. Dr. Gottesman’s visionary philanthropy, coupled with the dedication of our esteemed faculty and leadership, reminds us of the power of generosity and the ripple effect it can create.

As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let us not only applaud the achievements of our alma mater but also reaffirm our commitment to fostering a culture of service and giving within the medical community. Together, we can inspire a new generation of physicians who are not only skilled clinicians but also compassionate leaders, dedicated to making a positive impact in the world.

In the words of Dr. Ruth Gottesman herself, may this historic gift ignite a spark of optimism and idealism in the hearts of young students, empowering them to embrace the noble calling of medicine and dedicate their lives to serving others.

About the Author
The author is a specialist in nephrology and internal medicine and lives with his wife and family in Jerusalem.
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