New med school gets $250,000 donation

Philanthropist Dr Jerry Schwartz has donated $250,000 to the new University of Notre Dame Australia medical school for the establishment of an anatomy museum and clinical skills laboratory.

The Catholic Weekly reports that the museum will house a large collection of anatomical models and plasticised body parts to aid in the teaching of anatomy and physiology to medical students.

Prof Julie Quinlivan, Dean of the School of Medicine, said she was delighted to receive support from a member of the Sydney medical community.

"The medical course is very strong on anatomy and pathology training with more hours devoted to these key disciplines than any other Australian medical school," she said.

"The museum will be a valuable resource for teaching.

"The school intends to have plastinated human bodies available for teaching and viewing."

Dr Schwartz was equally enthusiastic about the opportunities to be involved in Sydney's newest medical school.

"Being a cosmetic surgeon, I know that there is a great need for a good basic anatomical knowledge, and my involvement with the anatomy faculty will assist in the development of trainee doctors," he said.

"Victoria St where the new medical campus is situated has a lot of nostalgia for me.

"My father had his dental surgery in this street for many, many years; and likewise one of his hotels was on this street."

The School of Medicine will begin a four-year graduate entry medical degree at its Darlinghurst campus from January next year, after the Australian Medical Council provided accreditation this week.

In addition to the core curriculum and medical units of study, students will also undertake specific units in medical law, medical business and bioethics during their medical course.

Doctor's $žm gift boosts Notre Dame med school (Catholic Weekly, 5/8/07)

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Dr Jerry Schwartz (Aesthetic Surgery)
Notre Dame Australia University, School of Medicine, Sydney

Notre Dame med school gains accreditation (CathNews, 1/8/07)
Notre Dame Sydney Medical School to open in 2008 (CathNews, 23/8/05)

2 Aug 2007