There are many reasons why Wayne State University faculty, alumni, and staff feel obligated to give back to the university. For Jill (Grodecki) Moore, it was her seminal career in medical school.
Now fully retired, Jill and her alumnus husband Roy Moore (1975 B.A., 1979 J.D.) are two organizations that support students in their medical education. A fund was established within the Faculty of Medicine.
Jill’s interest in medicine began at Roseville High School, where she learned how to draw blood for her first job at Cottage Hospital, now part of Henry Ford Health. By her graduation, Jill wanted to devote herself to a career in healthcare. Influenced by her mother’s experiences at Wayne State University, she enrolled in college. Jill transferred to Henry Ford Her Community College to narrow her career options, and after finding a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she spent only five years I graduated with both degrees in.
Jill soon returned to Michigan and found a position as a nurse practitioner at the Detroit Medical Center Harper University Hospital. This role was affiliated with the medical school. “It was great to work with the school faculty and I really enjoyed working with the Department of Hematology and Oncology, as hematology and oncology were my areas of expertise. ” said Jill.
Before she knew it, Jill had worked at Harper University Hospital for 15 years, which eventually landed her a managerial position in internal medicine at the WSU School of Medicine. She said she thought it would be a temporary position when she accepted the role. I spent 18 years in internal medicine, almost all of it,” Jill said.
Jill’s alma mater is UCSF, but husband Roy jokes that both he and Jill’s mother Patricia cover her as a Wayne State University alumnus. He appreciated her time at WSU, which led to her successful legal career.
“I know the impact of education and the difference it makes,” said Roy.
Jill’s mother, Patricia Grodeck, holds three degrees from Wayne State University: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and Master’s in Library Science.
Within the household of Grodecki-Moore there is evident and immense warrior and Tartar pride.
That pride extends to philanthropy. Jill and Roy decided to give back to the university, which holds many precious memories for them. “We believe in WSU and think medical school is very special. It was a comforting place for Roy and I and we wanted to be a part of that future,” said Jill. I got
The Moores established two foundations that directly support student education in medical schools. The first is his Grodecki-Moore Endowed Scholarship. This will fund medical students enrolled in her three-year MD program, or her fourth-year medical students who are committed to matching to the internal medicine residency program.
“Internal Medicine has taken care of me and Roy’s family, so close and dear to my heart. After all, this department has been my home for many years. Roy and I We were very lucky that we didn’t have to pay for school, but I see today’s students struggling to pay for their education.It’s hard, so it makes sense for us to do this It works,” said Jill.
The second fund is the Department of Surgery’s Grodecki-Moore Educational Support Fund, designated to support plastic surgery fellows and residents. The fund provides resources for attending and presenting at conferences, among other opportunities to advance research and skills related to reconstructive surgery. This gift was established to honor her Guillermina Nava, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery and Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program.
“Not only because my mother had open heart surgery, but also because I am a breast cancer survivor and had surgery last year. I love the way she educates her residents and peers, but most importantly, she teaches them how to listen.
The Moores provided funding for a medical school that will benefit students for years to come. “We don’t have children, so we don’t have to worry about it. It feels really good to have control over the scholarships we can offer to our students and pay them upfront,” Roy said.
For more information on how to support the medical school or establish a similar scholarship or support fund, please contact Lori Robitaille, Development and Alumni Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.