On May 23, 2012, the day before Graduation, the 4th year medical students attended a graduation luncheon and a student award ceremony held in their honor at the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. In this celebratory atmosphere, one student senator borrowed from the Star Wars films, describing his classmates as Luke Skywalker-types, medical Jedi, who were given medical knowledge by the medical school faculty, which they depicted as Obi-Wan Kenobi-type characters.
On Graduation Day, the students became part of the Force (also made famous by Star Wars), which, in this case, is the Medical Alumni Association of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The Force is 145 years old and consists of more than seventeen thousand members. The Force is not just within one continent, but international. This Force is really a “family” which encourages lifelong involvement, and makes it possible for alumni to remain connected to each other, as well as to Northwestern faculty, staff, and students. This family is here to help further the medical careers of its members and contribute to the advancement of future generations of physicians by staying engaged with their alma mater.
The Alumni Association can only remain a strong family if we stay in touch with each other. Please keep your class representative and the Alumni Relations office informed of your current address, phone number, and e-mail address, so that we can stay connected.
One of the benefits of being part of this family is the opportunity to return to campus to reconnect during Alumni Weekend in the spring. On April 27-28, 2012, the 110th Northwestern University medical Alumni Weekend festivities took place. There were more than 600 attendees who had a wonderful time. I hope to see you at next year’s “family reunion” on August 24 & 25, 2013.
Have a fun summer!
Jimmy Hill, MD ’74, GME ‘79
President, Alumni Association