I am honored to serve as the new President of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association. Together, we look forward to a great year with many opportunities to engage with current students, reunite with alumni, and collaborate on a variety of initiatives. I especially acknowledge and thank past Alumni Association Presidents, especially immediate past president, Dean Sonia Garcia Lambach, MD, officers, and Board Members for their dedication, vision, programming, and commitment to our school. We also are very fortunate to be supported by Jillian Prior who recently joined the communications team and director, Patty Hansen.
To begin this new year, I am pleased to announce a new scholarship fundraising initiative aimed to raise at least $3 million within the next three years. With the unprecedented financial burdens on our current and future students, the ability to provide scholarships has never been more important. We feel proud that the Alumni Association is partnering with the medical school to support this worthy cause. I would like to thank you for your generous contributions in the past, and invite you to again support the Alumni Annual Fund this year. Click here to support our students.
Another way we are raising funds for students is through the Seventh Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday evening, April 8, 2017 at The Heldrich in New Brunswick. This is also a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni. We will celebrate the anniversaries of the following classes: 45th: 1972, 40th: 1977, 35th: 1982, 30th: 1987, 25th: 1992, 20th: 1997, 15th: 2002, 10th: 2007, and 5th: 2012.
On March 7, Dean Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, welcomed the more than 50 alumni representing 26 specialties who attended the Alumni Association’s 29th Annual Career Night, in the Great Hall on the Piscataway campus. Alumni shared their career paths with eager students, who greatly appreciated hearing personal accounts of what it is like to be a physician in a particular discipline. The event was also a great opportunity to connect with classmates, and I enjoyed seeing many of you there. I encourage you to attend next year’s event as we seek to continue our strong bond between students and alumni.
Further, the Alumni Association is a great way to keep in contact or reconnect with fellow classmates, build relationships with our students, and stay informed about events and programs at our school. We look forward to another successful year to support Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as it continues its pursuit of excellence.