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Alumni President: Fostering connections between students and alumni

Martin J. Stillman, M.D., J.D., F.C.L.M.

On behalf of the Medical Alumni Society, I congratulate the Medical School’s newest 209 alumni, who received their medical degrees on May 2. Naturally, this class is full of bright, talented doctors, and we’re proud to have them as colleagues.

Over the past few years, members of this class and those behind them have become involved with our Medical Alumni Society board. Their fresh ideas and contributions have been wonderful assets as we plan activities to connect alumni and students. Here are some recent highlights of our collaboration:

  • The medical student council has asked our board’s Student Relations Committee to assist them with their effort to provide diabetes and hypertension screening for the people served by Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit organization that provides meals to those in need. We have obtained equipment donations, and our goal now is to involve alumni in supervising the projected monthly screenings.
  • The Student Relations Committee also is working with the University’s International Medical Education and Research office to help students learn about international health-care opportunities. We want to arrange a bag-lunch series for medical students featuring alumni presentations on their own international medicine experiences.
  • Finally, in response to a recent student council request for more social gatherings, the committee will also help plan a series of informal dinners throughout the school year that offer students and alumni opportunities to network and learn from one another.

Our board has been busy with exciting developments like these, and we welcome your assistance if you would like to become more involved. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your ideas and thoughts. I can be reached through Alumni Relations at MAS@mmf.umn.edu or 800-922-1663.

Sincerely,

Martin J. Stillman, M.D., J.D., F.C.L.M.
Class of 1997
President, Medical Alumni Society

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