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February 17, 2020

Part of Proceeds from UMSOM Class of 2022 Student Auction to Benefit Back on My Feet, Baltimore

“Our class is very excited about hosting this year’s auction,” says Malina Howard, Class of 2022 MD candidate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). “It is going to be a big team effort!” Malina is speaking about the preparations for the Annual Second Year Medical Student Auction, which will be held Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. This event is open to parents, students, faculty, and staff.

Based upon a class poll, Back on My Feet, Baltimore, was the charity of choice for this year’s auction. “We look forward to raising awareness about an amazing organization that impacts the communities around us and promotes health and wellness at the same time,” says Malina.

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Back on My Feet, Baltimore is the local chapter of a national organization that seeks to “combat homelessness by promoting confidence and self-esteem through running, while providing community support, educational opportunities, vocational training, and housing resources.” The organization notes that $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output from employment and reduction in costs for shelter, medical services, incarceration and addiction treatment.

Malina and her fellow second-year students are actively reaching out to family, friends, faculty, and local businesses for donations of items that will be used at the event’s live and silent auctions. The Class Council’s website features a silent auction which allows for bidding on a variety of items including study tools, faculty experiences, and several other auction items donated by local business and organizations.

Donna Parker, M.D.Donna Parker, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Medicine, believes that the annual auction clearly supports the school’s overall commitment to community engagement. “It always is wonderful to see students, residents, faculty, family and friends perusing items during the evening of the auction, socializing and ultimately bidding with the goal of raising money for the class and most importantly, the chosen local charity of the class.”

To make a donation to the 2020 Annual Second Year Medical Student Auction, please contact the Class of 2022 Class Council at som2022classgovt@gmail.com.

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