Credit union helps advance education of tomorrow's
physicians through fund
Medical education training the physicians, physicianresearchers and physician-educators of
tomorrow is a top priority at UC Davis and, in particular, the Department of Internal Medicine.
However, physician training requires an investment many times larger than the modest support offered
by the state. "While we are totally committed to producing the finest physicians for the Central Valley
and beyond," explains department chair Frederick J. Meyers, "our ability to lend support to that goal
is limited financially."
Enter Maria Cornelius and The Golden 1 Credit Union. A board member at The Golden 1 and on the internal
medicine department's community board, Cornelius is also Meyers' longtime friend and neighbor. She brought
the two organizations together to form The Golden 1 Fund for Medical Education.
The Golden 1 Fund's goal is $1.5 million, which will be used to establish an endowed chair in Internal
Medicine. To date, private contributions, including those from current UC Davis faculty and previous department
graduates, have brought the fund over the halfway mark at more than $750,000.
Cornelius hopes to encourage grass roots support for the fund so that others like her can contribute
"to helping provide a terrific resource for our region that they themselves might need in the future."
A UC Davis patient herself, Cornelius sees her involvement as a way to support the institution and express
her gratitude for the excellent care she receives. "My doctors at UC Davis always treat me like a person
and take genuine interest in my care," she says. "Contributing to the value of education at UC Davis is
my way of giving something back."
Terry Halleck, president and chief executive officer at The Golden 1, says the fund reflects the "People
Helping People" philosophy of her industry. "We want a valuable, worthwhile way to support the community
and to help ensure that the best physicians stay in this area," she explains.
The fund will also help UC Davis sustain its worldwide reputation as a leading academic medical institution.
In a time when many physicians are leaving the medical field because of economic and organizational challenges,
Meyers acknowledges that attracting the best people and providing them with the finest medical training
and experience is critical. "The Golden 1 Fund enhances our efforts to reach our ultimate goal: improving
the health of the community through medical education."