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Connecting with students in style

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President’s Column

It’s not often that we in the medical profession interact with the fashion industry. Last spring, however, fourth-year University of Minnesota medical student Phillip Radke teamed up with students in the College of Design to put on a one-of-a-kind fundraiser called “Scrubbed into Fashion.”

In this well-attended runway show, medical students modeled stylish outfits created by design students that were then judged by a panel of local experts. The catch? All of the outfits were made out of scrubs! The proceeds from the event — an impressive $10,000 for this first-of-its-kind endeavor — were donated to Smile Network International, a Minnesota- based charity that funds surgeries for impoverished children in developing countries to repair birth defects, with a focus on cleft lips and cleft palates.

The Medical Alumni Society was proud to cosponsor the event, which offered a fun, creative way to raise money for a worthy cause while bringing together alumni and students. It also was quite a thrill to see today’s medical students successfully take on such an inventive philanthropic initiative. Students are putting together a second “Scrubbed into Fashion” show this spring, so watch for more information at and

Alumni and students have had many other opportunities to connect in the past several months as well. This year, for the first time, alumni were formally invited to the White Coat Ceremony, a powerful event at which incoming medical students first don their clinical lab coats and pledge their dedication to professionalism and to the esteemed doctor-patient relationship. And at this fall’s Alumni Weekend, alumni had the opportunity to eat breakfast with medical students and learn about their individual research accomplishments at the medical student poster session.

Attending events like these is a great way to make meaningful connections with our students. As always, we welcome and appreciate your involvement.

Best regards,

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

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