Creating Opportunity for Columbia’s Future Physicians
Doctors Jane Salmon and Jerry Gliklich are planning now to make more possible through bequests funding scholarships for Columbia University medical students.
Jane ’78PS and Jerry ’69CC, ’75PS met as students at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (PS) and married in 1976. Today they are both distinguished doctors: Jane is a world-renowned lupus researcher at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Jerry is the David A. Gardner Professor of Medicine and a leading cardiologist at CUMC. He also serves as a preceptor for students on their third-year medical clerkship.
They know the cost of a medical education firsthand—and see the effect it can have on their students. “The kind of debt students and young physicians have weighs on them heavily,” says Jane, “and influences their life decisions.”
“Columbia is an incredible institution.
It needs to be supported, it needs to be loved,
it needs to maintain its greatness—and we
who have gained so much by it need to do whatever
we can to maintain it for the next generation.”
To help, each made a planned gift—a bequest for a scholarship fund for students attending PS. “A bequest allows you to do something in the future that you may not be able to do in the present,” Jane says. “And if we can enrich the academic depth of medical schools throughout the country by allowing PS graduates to populate those schools, we’ve done something enormous for our community and for national medical education.
“The opportunities we had were extraordinary,” Jane says. “That’s where we were born. The Columbia faculty made us. They enabled us to be successful at what we do. They gave us confidence, they gave us facts, and they gave us gifts of compassion.”
Jerry, who grew up in Poland, stresses that “opportunity is an amazing thing. It is what the United States is about, and it is what becoming a physician is about—the opportunity to help people. And it just feels particularly good that we can allow other people to have the opportunities that we did.
“Columbia is an incredible institution,” Jerry states emphatically. “It needs to be supported, it needs to be loved, it needs to maintain its greatness—and we who have gained so much by it need to do whatever we can to maintain it for the next generation. Planned giving is a big part of that. It's doing what you can to perpetuate something that dramatically changed your life.”
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