Joseph C. Fischer, M.D., '79 Memorial Scholarship

Joseph C. Fischer, MD

When Joe's small plane crashed in April of 2002, his family, friends, patients and colleagues were devastated. With amazing foresight, fellow alumna, Calla Bassett, M.D., '80 (Upstate) initiated work to create the Joseph C. Fischer, MD, Memorial Scholarship. The generosity of Joe's classmates and colleagues was critical in establishing and endowing the scholarship. Since 2003 over $24,000 has been awarded to accomplished Upstate students.

The scholarship, which honors the life, family and distinguished career of Dr. Fischer, is administered by the Medical Alumni Association. Providing tuition assistance to a third-year Upstate Medical University College of Medicine student, the Fischer Scholarship helps those who want to follow Dr. Fischer's footsteps into the healing profession of surgery.

The criteria for the Scholarship reflects Joe's personal and professional values. Applicants must be in good academic standing and submit an original essay on the topic: "How I, as a surgeon, will create and maintain effective relationships with my patients." The selection committee looks for originality, clarity of thinking, and commitment to the field of surgery.

Annual Golf Tournament

The annual Joseph C. Fischer, MD, '79 Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is the main fundraising vehicle for the scholarship. Held annually in Syracuse, NY, the tournament is widely known as "the friendliest golf tournament in the world." The tournament begins with a casual lunch for golf participants and scholarship supporters. Shortly after, the golfers hit the course for a day of greens and fairways.

This year's tournament will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 1 pm at Timber Banks, the first Nicklaus designed golf course in Upstate New York. For more information on the course, please visit the Timber Banks website.

Day of Service

To honor Joe's commitment to people in need, the Alumni Association has added "A Day of Service" to the fundraising efforts. On the afternoon of July 14, 2012, participating friends, family, and colleagues who are not playing golf will gather at the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse, NY to volunteer in the kitchen preparing the evening meal for young patients and their families.

Celebratory Dinner

Following the day's activities, friends, colleagues and family gather to celebrate the life of Dr. Joseph Fischer at celebratory dinner. There are remembrances of Joe and his legacy. The annual Fischer Memorial Scholarship and golfing prizes are awarded.

To learn more about the scholarship or golf tournament, please contact the Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation.

To contribute to the Fischer Scholarship, please visit our online giving page.


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