School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Class of 2011 goes bald for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

It’s fairly common knowledge that medical students are under a lot of pressure, especially during exams.

Looking for a way to ease that strain, create some camaraderie and benefit medical research, the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Class of 2011 has come up with “Buzz it for Boards.”

The class is recruiting students and faculty to shave their heads – or at least get a crew cut -- before May 19 as part of a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

“The Class of 2011 will be tackling the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 in a few short weeks and we believe this is a great way to unite the second-year class and any other supporters while raising money for charity in the process,” said Brandon Mancini, Student Senate president for the Class of 2011, who came up with the idea.

There are two ways to participate: If you shave your head between now and May 19, the Class of 2011 will donate $5 on your behalf to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to assist children battling cancer. Those who are gun shy of parting with their own locks can either make a lump sum donation to the cause or pledge an amount for each head shaved.

“Since we are shaving our heads for a cause, we thought that it would be appropriate to donate to a research hospital for cancer patients who unfortunately lose their hair due to the treatment they receive,” Mancini said. “With this in mind, we wanted to contribute to St. Jude Research Hospital, which helps so many children diagnosed with cancer. We hope that future classes will continue this tradition and select a variety of charities to support over the years.”

So far, 17 students have committed to shaving their heads. While no faculty members or administrators have yet opted for the Yul Brynner look, a number have made monetary contributions.

Mancini himself will head to a barber shop for an appointment with a razor Monday immediately after his final pathophysiology exam.

On May 19, those with freshly shaven scalps will gather at Scott Hall for a group photo, which will be sent, along with the collected funds, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Because the fundraiser got a late start this year, Mancini said, organizers don’t expect women to shave their heads. However, next year they hope to recruit female students early in the year to grow their hair long and commit to donating their tresses to Locks of Love, which provides wigs for female cancer patients.

For more information, email Mancini at
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