Being the president of the UW School of Medicine Alumni Association has its perks. During the first half of my term, I’ve had the opportunity to meet alumni who are making groundbreaking scientific discoveries, changing the world with humanitarian efforts and mentoring tomorrow’s healthcare providers. I watched the MS2s trying on their white coats — a gift from the alumni association — and witnessed them and their families beam with pride. I’ve seen the embrace of classmates reunited after 50 years, who shared memories of their days in the anatomy lab as if they had been there yesterday.
With each of these encounters, I am reminded that we are part of something special — there is no medical school in the world like the University of Washington School of Medicine.
There are many ways to remain connected with your classmates and your school. I encourage you to take advantage of one of these opportunities this year — to be reminded of what it means to be a graduate. Open your home to a student, and pass along the valuable knowledge you’ve acquired throughout your career. Attend an alumni event. Mentor students by being a preceptor in a service learning project (and support your community at the same time). Read your monthly Connections email, and like our Facebook page, which contains stories about fellow graduates and important updates.
I enter my second year as president with great enthusiasm, and I look forward to developing more opportunities to help you connect: with fellow alumni, current students and the school. It’s a community for life.
Angela J. Chien, M.D. ’95
President , UW Medicine Alumni Association