The medical school's policy of matching donations makes generosity the rule.
Robert Blackman, ’69, learned much more than facts in medical school. “Tufts distinguished itself by teaching me an attitude,” he says. “Medicine isn’t a job; it’s a mission. And you need to understand your patients as not just a collection of organs, but as a whole person.”
Wanting to help more medical students learn this approach, Blackman and his wife, Joan, a physical therapist, have endowed the new Robert A., M69, and Joan S. Blackman Foundation Scholarship at Tufts University School of Medicine. They made their gift as part of the ongoing Financial Aid Initiative, which matches any newly established scholarship or an additional contribution to an existing scholarship of $100,000 or more.
“I hope [the scholarship] will preserve an old-school approach to medicine that is patient-centered and humanistic,” Blackman says. “You want to be a servant-healer. Tufts is carrying that message.”
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