IU School of Medicine / IU Kelley School of Business
Most college students find a full load of classes enough to fill up their days - and nights! Then again, most students aren't Greg Berman, who has combined his final years of medical school with a pursuit of a Kelley MBA, in hopes of helping create a better way to navigate a confusing health-care system.
And for Greg, that just scratches the surface. In his "free" time, he has rolled his passions for rock music, health care and community service into "Rock for Riley (www.rockforriley.org)," an annual series of fund-raising concerts that have raised nearly $500,000 to support Riley Hospital for Children on the IUPUI campus.
Greg's efforts haven't gone unnoticed. He recently received a 2007 American Medical Association National Leadership Award, one of 15 medical students chosen from across the country (fellow IU School of Medicine student Kristen Spisak was another). Greg also received a WRTV-6 Leadership Award, a 2007 Indianapolis Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award and an IU School of Medicine Class of 2006 Community Service Award.
The North Central High School graduate teamed up with fellow IU medical students to launch "Rock for Riley" three years ago, hoping to raise a little money for Riley Hospital, where Greg did an internship. The first concert netted the hospital's new expansion project more than $25,000, quickly making it one of the largest student-led fund-raising efforts in campus history. But the next two concerts dwarfed that first one, each topping more than $200,000 as well as giving fellow college students - and other rock fans - exposure to up-and-coming bands and performers. "Rock for Riley" has been such a success, in fact, that a "small-hall" satellite series the "Rock for Riley Showcase Series," has been launched this spring to continue raising support for Riley.
Though he has handed off the reins of future "Rock for Riley" events, Greg will have a chance to enjoy the 2007 event, since he will do his first year of post-school work at Methodist Hospital in town. His next three years of post-graduate work will give a whole new meaning to his passion for "rock" - he'll be doing his anesthesiology training in Denver, Colo., in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.