July 21, 2016
I’m looking forward to attending my first medical school student retreat next month. This annual tradition is a fun-filled and informative welcome weekend hosted by second-year students for the incoming first-year class.
The retreat was first organized in 1977 by Dr. Henry Strobel, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology and retired associate dean of alumni relations and faculty affairs. Every year, it is a place where friendships are created and new journeys begin. It boasts valuable wisdom for surviving medical school, informative faculty presentations, fun games, infamous skits, lots of laughter and time to bond with fellow students, alumni, and faculty.
More than $33,000 has been raised to date for the Henry W. Strobel, Ph.D. Freshman Retreat Fund in response to a class-based challenge set forth by the Alumni Association in conjunction with McGovern Medical School.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Annual McGovern Medical School Retreat for freshmen, each class is being challenged to raise $25,000 for the purpose of fully endowing the retreat fund. The fund will support students by keeping registration fees affordable and ensuring the sustainability of the retreat for years to come.
So far, 43 donors from 21 classes, as well as one non-alumni donor, have participated in the challenge. Currently, the largest total commitment from a class is $5,900 by the class of 2003.
This year’s retreat, hosted once again by the second-year class, features the theme “Superheroes” and will take place at Camp Allen in Navasota, Aug. 12-13. I hope to see you there!