<P>tulane.edu/som TULANE | MEDICINE FALL 2013 23 MORE THIRD-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS will experience the rewards of practicing rural medicine, thanks to a new fund at Tulane. The Ernest G. DeBakey Rural Education Fund expands clerkship opportunities outside New Orleans to rural placement sites in Louisiana, southern Mississippi and Alabama. Lack of funding has made expansion into new rural areas and partnering with new physicians a challenge because of student housing and travel costs. The DeBakey fund helps cover these expenses, allowing more students to develop strong relationships with practicing physicians and new communities. We have wonderful physicians throughout the Gulf South who are eager and willing to act as preceptors to our students, says Dr. Edwin Dennard, chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine. We are thrilled that the Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation has given us the opportunity to expand to these different areas. The foundation is named in memory of Dr. Ernest G. DeBakey (PHAR 30, M 39). He and his brother, Dr. Michael DeBakey (A&S 30, M 32, G 35), were medical school graduates with strong ties to the university. The foundation also provides full scholarship support for one medical student for four years at Tulane University School of Medicine. Marsha DeBakey, president of the foundation, says her husband had a special place in his heart for both rural medicine and Tulane medical school. It is a rewarding feeling to send someone out in the world with a marvelous education, DeBakey says. Imagine the number of people they help during their lifetime. Fund promotes rural medicine Doctor helps create state-of-the-art lab with the idea of acquiring new equipment for the temporal bone laboratory. Stryker Corp., a medical device and equipment manufacturer, understood the departments needs and wanted to aid in its educational mission. With the help of Ryan Meck, senior development of?cer in corporate and foundation relations at Tulane, Stryker out?tted the lab by donating $150,000 of the latest equipment needed for drilling the delicate bones of the ear. This gift from the Stryker Corp. enables us to provide a new educational experience for our residents, Friedlander says. This is just a great partnership between institution and industry. Hildrew adds that although residents and students typically dont identify needs within an institution, the culture of Tulane makes it possible. There are not a lot of programs where you can identify something you need to grow and get better, and everyone rallies around you to make it happen, Hildrew says. WHEN DR. DOUG HILDREW decided he wanted to pursue a specialized fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine, he never realized that he would help bring a new state-of-the-art lab to Tulane. Now entering his fourth year of training in the Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery, Hildrew was drawn to the subspecialty of otology/ neurotology, the study of hearing mechanisms and treatment of neurological disorders of the ear. For me, otology/neurotology is the most fascinating surgical ?eld of study. In no other ?eld of medicine can a physician completely restore a sense organ, Hildrew says. You can quite literally help someone hear for the very ?rst time. To participate in a very competitive fellowship program, Hildrew would need to master drilling bones of the hearing mechanisms. Although Tulane housed a lab dedicated to that purpose, the equipment needed to be updated. Hildrew approached faculty members and department chair Dr. Paul Friedlander Our department has a strong emphasis on quality and quality improvement, says Dr. Doug Hildrew, fourth-year otolaryngology resident. THROUGH THE TULANE EMPOWERS CAMPAIGN, academics and action are being united in ways that have never before been seen. Opportunities abound for Tulane medical faculty and students to carry out pioneering treatments, conduct important research and help heal communities. 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