Named for the respected physician-educator who guided the Department of Internal Medicine from 1968 to 1984, The William P. Deiss Society is an organization of alumni and other friends who contribute $10,000 or more to the
department or to any of its divisions or programs. Whether these donors contribute a lump sum of $10,000 or more or their cumulative gifts reach the $10,000 mark, they become lifetime members of this select group.
In addition to recognizing members at the department's annual Alumni Society Dinner, the department, with their permission, permanently records their names on a plaque displayed at the entrance to the chairman's suite.
The Deiss Society is a chance for us to reflect on the legacy of one of UTMB's finest - to connect Dr. Deiss's name with the effort to enlist broad-based philanthropic support for the department's future. How appropriate that the most dedicated of the
department's benefactors would, through their generosity, reflect and reinforce the values that have defined the career of this remarkable physician-educator.
The Chairman's Council
All alumni and friends who make unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to the department in any given year become members of The Chairman's Council. Used at the chairman's discretion, these resources support the department's greatest needs. Chairman's Council
funds might allow a resident to travel to a professional meeting to present a paper, they might underwrite student educational activities or they might purchase a piece of equipment crucial for a young investigator's work, resulting in the preliminary
findings essential to attracting future outside funding.
Members of The Chairman's Council are recognized at the department's annual Alumni Society Dinner, held in conjunction with the Department of Internal Medicine Alumni Society meeting. They also automatically become members of UTMB's Sealy Society.
Internal Medicine Mentorship Program
In 2021, we plan to establish the Department of Internal Medicine Mentorship Program. This will consist of organizing resources available at UTMB to provide ongoing lectures and workshops for our faculty mentors and mentees. This will
allow our department to bring national experts to present some of these lectures and create workshops. It is our hope that this comprehensive, structured, and prioritized departmental program will lead to greater faculty development with an increase
in our faculty satisfaction, promotions, and retention. Further, by having such a program in place, faculty recruitment is also enhanced. To establish the Department of Internal Medicine Mentorship Program, we need gifts to total
$500,000 to $1,000,000. For this to occur, we need gifts both large and small. (See
Dr. Marc Shabot's letter and new Internal Medicine Mentorship Program gift form).
For the larger gifts, please contact Mrs. Betsy Clardy, Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer, to help you in selecting one of the several tax-deductible gifting options, including bequests. Mrs. Clardy can be reached
by email at email@example.com, by office phone at 409-772-1991 or by cell phone at 409-392-5698.