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President’s Message

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

This is a quote attributed to Isaac Newton, the famous British mathematician and physicist.  It  embodies the feeling I, and am sure many of you, have regarding your medical school experience at Northwestern University.  This experience was one of the most pivotal parts of my medical career and always will be cherished.

One way I can stay connected to the school is through the Medical Alumni Association. Though founded in 1867, it is important that the Association remain active and relevant, staying abreast of the needs of our membership and responsive to their wishes. One example of change is the new Nathan Smith Davis Recognition Program, which began in September and was presented in the summer issue of Ward Rounds.  This program, spearheaded by NSD President Bruce F. Scharschmidt, MD ’70, expands upon the longstanding Nathan Smith Davis Club, acknowledging not only monetary gifts but also volunteer service to the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

In addition, the executive committee of the Alumni Association has been working on an initiative to get more young alumni involved in the Association.  Two individuals, Paloma Toledo, MD/MPH ’03, and Arjun Venkatesh, MD/ MBA ’08, were added to the Alumni National Board, which celebrated its 20th anniversary at the November 12th meeting.

Also, two focus groups have been conducted recently with students and young alums to get their perspectives on current alumni programs and new opportunities to include and engage young alumni.  The conclusions of the focus groups, along with action items, will be presented at the National Alumni Board meeting on April 28, 2012, during Alumni weekend.  If you have any ideas to help us remain at the forefront and relevant, contact me at j-hill2@northwestern.edu or Ginny Darakjian at v-darakjian@northwestern.edu.

Happy holidays!
Jimmy Hill, MD ’74, GME ‘79
President, Alumni Association