“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow. “
- Orison Swett Marden, writer
One of the most touching moments in medicine is when a patient looks you in the eye and thanks you for the difference you made in her life. Altruism is a defining characteristic of medicine, and the profession seeks to attract individuals who care. At Schulich, we provide opportunities for students to exercise their philanthropic muscles during their medical training so that they develop into generous doctors well-versed in the art of caring. Schulich has a robust charity program where students take the lead in supporting issues they feel strongly about. Whether it involves babysitting children at a local women’s shelter or donating money to send a child to Disney Land through the Children’s Wish foundation, each class adopts a charity that reflects the class’s values and priorities and learns to transform their philanthropic instincts into meaningful changes in their community. Schulich is regularly amongst the top blood-donating medical schools in Canada, raises $7000 each year towards global health projects, and generously donates to the Children’s Aid Society, the London Food Bank, the Canadian Cancer Society, and more. As students hone their skills in reaching out to their community and creating meaningful changes in more significant ways, they become doctors who not only care for their patients, but for their communities as well.