Reunion Weekend 2016
Alumni come back, give back.
Reunion 2016 saw hundreds of alumni return to the MCV Campus for a weekend's worth of activities, April 15-17.
More than 225 alumni celebrated the anniversary of their medical school graduation by reconnecting with classmates and getting a first-hand look at how campus has changed, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the new McGlothlin Medical Education Center. In addition to class parties all over town, they also met standardized patients, marveled at the simulation mannequins and earned CME at the annual Alumni Update Course.
- Alumni returned from 23 states and even overseas for the chance to plug in to the life of the medical school. Florida and North Carolina were both well represented, with more than a dozen each. Other attendees came from as far away as California, Texas and Washington state, but the prize for most miles logged goes to Fares H. Zaitoun, M’91, who is an allergist in Beirut, Lebanon.
- A highlight of the weekend was Mini Medical School. Alumni heard from Dean of Medicine Jerry Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., as well as Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M’79, H’83, associate dean of admissions; Chris Woleben, M’97, H’01, associate dean for student affairs; and Sue DiGiovanni, M’84, H’89, interim senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs. Alumni learned what it’s like to apply for medical school today and how team-based learning and technology has changed the curriculum. They also heard about a career advising program that prepares students for the Match process and had the chance to tour the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety.
- Alumni also participated in the Class Giving program, making gifts to the Annual Fund and endowed class scholarships. The classes’ generosity has a direct impact on students -- both today and in the future -- providing them with scholarship support and by exemplifying the tradition of alumni engagement with the MCV Campus.