Dooley Society supporting medical missions

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Dooley Society Founder Award

Last summer, 15 students and alumni who received partial funding from the Dooley Society for medical missions traveled to sites such as the Maryknoll Missions in Cambodia, Common Hope in Guatemala, The Timmy Foundation in Ecuador, the Foundation for Peace in the Dominican Republic, and the Institute for Internal Medicine in Africa. Seniors Andrea Dreyfuss and Lisa Zickuhr were among the 15 students who received Dooley stipends last summer. They are both planning to be physicians.

The Dooley Society offers memberships to alumni physicians, dentists and other licensed medical practitioners as well as students who are planning to enter the medical profession. Over this past winter break, approximately 200 students were matched geographically to shadow alumni doctors and dentists.

The organization was started by Matt Hubbard, M.D., ‘02 to link preprofessional students with medical alumni to form mentoring relationships. Hubbard, who is currently a surgical resident at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, says this is the type of organization he wishes was in existence when he was a student.

In just three years, the Dooley Society has grown dramatically. Starting in 2005 with just three Notre Dame medical alumni members, the organization has grown to over 1,000 members across the country in 2008.

Read more about the Dooley Society in the spring 2008 edition of Renaissance (2.76MB PDF).