The spring is always an exciting time for the University of Colorado’s Medical Alumni Association. It is when prospective medical students visit us on campus and are awestruck by the opportunities offered by this institution. Each spring, we join fourth-year medical students for Residency Match Day and celebrate their recent academic achievements. This is also the time of year when welcome many of you back to campus for reunion weekend.
As the academic year comes to a close, I want share a few additional highlights:
- Last August, we welcomed 160 first year medical students and presented each of them with a new stethoscope branded with the Medical Alumni Association seal.
- Our Association provided first- and second-year medical students with free, quarterly breakfasts—an added bonus to a busy, rigorous week of coursework.
- Through the HOST (Help Our Students Travel) program, alumni from across the United States provided travel and housing accommodations to fourth year medical students as they interviewed with some of the country’s best residency programs.
- The Association awarded its first $5,000 Medical Alumni Association Scholarship—recognizing a student for outstanding academic performance and commitment to the work of the Medical Alumni Association.
- Last fall, we were joined by more than 150 School of Medicine Alumni for a reception and exclusive tour of Denver’s stunning Clyfford Still Museum.
- We successfully secured more than $100,000 in much needed support for programs directly benefiting our student population—the Stethoscope Sponsorship Program, the Medical Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, just to name a couple.
Now, imagine what we can accomplish next year and beyond. The mission of our Association is to help advance and influence the interest of our beloved alma mater, to support current medical students on their journey to becoming physicians, and to provide programs and opportunities for alumni to connect with each other and the School of Medicine. This past year has been a testament to effectively meeting this charge, but we cannot do this important work without you!
There are countless ways to help advance the work of the Association and the School of Medicine, and our incredible network of alumni do so each and every day. Take a moment to contact us and share a recent, exciting achievement. If you graduated in year ending in a 0 or 5, consider becoming an ambassador and invite your classmates to Reunion Weekend 2015.
Perhaps you would like to join our board of directors and help form the strategic direction of the Association. Your ongoing participation is paramount to the Association’s success.
If you would like to participate in any of our programs, support our efforts, or simply update your contact information, please contact our alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.724.2518. We would love to hear from you!
For the art and science of medicine,
William Maniatis, MD ’65
President, Medical Alumni Association