News : 2015 : September

Stethoscopes for Students

Only a short time into his first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jeremy Freedman considers himself lucky to have already earned one of the most recognized symbols of the medical profession.

The 31-year-old from Miami was recently given his very first stethoscope, courtesy of a new initiative created by the School’s Medical Alumni Association called “Stethoscopes for Students.”

The program is designed to provide incoming medical students with their first stethoscope, as a way of welcoming them to the Miller School.

“It is such a warm way to start the year, especially coming from the alumni,” said Freedman. “It is a tangible symbol of what we are going for and what we are going to accomplish.”

The stethoscopes were presented to the Class of 2019 at their August orientation by Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, president of the Medical Alumni Association. Each stethoscope had the Miller School name inscribed on it.

“I still remember how I felt when I received my first stethoscope,” said Egusquiza. “It was given to me by my uncle, who was a physician, and it was one of the first real signs that my dream of becoming a physician was coming true.”

The MAA invited all alumni and faculty to donate $250 to provide a stethoscope to each of the incoming students, as well as the option of providing a personalized note to the doctor-to-be. Organizers are hoping that the initiative will become a treasured, annual tradition.

“This much-used tool of the medical profession will be a continual reminder that an alumni or faculty member from our school made an investment on the student’s behalf,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D. ’94, professor of medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Freedman says the gift not only alleviates the cost of a needed medical tool, but also forges an instant connection to the medical school.

He is looking forward to the day, in years to come, when he can return the favor, and welcome the next generation of physicians into the Miller School.

“That’s not even a question,” Freedman said. “I can’t wait to make someone feel the way I am feeling right now.”

To learn more about how you can support this new program, please click here.