If asked to describe my first six months as president of the alumni association in one word, I would choose “listening.” I’ve joined Alumni Relations Task Force meetings to review responses to this winter’s survey, spoken with alumni one-on-one and hosted students in my home for dinner and discussion.
A common theme in all these interactions: the strong desire for the alumni association to preserve its traditions while providing more meaningful opportunities for alumni to connect with one another and to mentor current students (page 18 contains more details). The task force will take a closer look at what that means through a series of focus groups involving our constituents, including current students and a variety of alumni.
Over the coming year, the alumni association will be busy hosting alumni events in the WWAMI region and Portland, providing E-11s with white coats to commemorate the transition to their clinical years, welcoming the Class of 2013 into the alumni ranks, and welcoming hundreds of alumni back to the UW School of Medicine at the 2013 Reunion Weekend. See page 20 for more information.
In short, it is an exciting time to be an alumnus or alumna of the UW School of Medicine. I look forward to continuing to see many of you at the studentrun clinics, events (including the reunion!) and around town.
Angela J. Chien, M.D. ’95
President , UW Medicine Alumni Association