The gift of opportunity

Doug Fein, M.D.

Debbie Fein, M.D.

When radiation oncologist Doug Fein, M.D., was a resident at UF, he enjoyed meeting with world-renowned guest lecturers who visited the university. Now, he and his wife, Debbie Fein, M.D., a radiologist, are funding the Amdur/Mendenhall Radiation Oncology Lectureship so current residents can have the same chance.

“It had a definite impact on all of the residents,” Doug Fein said.

“It is important for residents to meet with professors outside of Florida so they can acknowledge different perspectives and learn from people who are already established experts in the field.”

The donation will allow two experts in cancer research and training to visit UF at different times each year.

“I felt like I received the best education possible (at UF),” Doug Fein said. “I hope future residents have the same opportunity.”

Robert Amdur, M.D., the residency program director for radiation oncology, said he was thrilled, humbled and excited when he heard about the donation. The money donated will cover travel, lodging and a modest honorarium for the visiting experts.

Residents and faculty will attend specialized teaching sessions, and residents will have the opportunity to go out to dinner and get to know leaders in the field in a social setting, Amdur said.

“What Debbie and Doug have done is an important contribution to the future of medical education in the U.S.,” Amdur said. “They’ve done a great thing locally that will be important beyond the University of Florida.” — Allyson Fox

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