The fall meeting of the medical school’s National Alumni Board proved to be the liveliest session I’ve had the privilege of attending during the several years I’ve been involved with the group. We began a little late as we cheered the Wildcats to a last-minute football victory over Minnesota. Then a presentation on the changes in the offices of Development, Alumni Relations, and the Dean generated thoughtful and creative ideas. Bruce Scharschmidt, President of the Nathan Smith Davis Club, described the response to a survey of the NAB that identified opportunities for improved communication and engagement of Northwestern medical school alumni. Be prepared for more information about how you can stay connected.
In addition to Alumni Weekend each spring, the following are just a few of the activities that enable alumni to stay engaged and give back:
- Medical school faculty host dinners (over 50) in their homes or restaurants of choice for incoming medical students during Orientation Week each year.
- Alumni volunteers all over the country host fourth-year medical students traveling to their areas for residency interviews.
- Alumni serve as mentors for first- and second-year students at luncheon roundtables during Alumni Weekend, encouraging students in their choice of future specialty.
- Alumni awards include both NU (Merit) and FSM (Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dean’s Award, Service Award), as well as the Kenneth Viste Student Service Recognition Award to a graduating senior each year.
- Alumni contributions to all medical school funds average over $2 million annually.
All the best!
F. Douglas Carr, MD ’78, MMM
President, Alumni Association