Thank you to everyone who returned to campus on May 5 and 6!
On May 5-6 more than 300 UMass Medical School alumni and friends from the Graduate School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine celebrated their reunions in Worcester. Participating in on- and off-campus activities gave alumni and their families a variety of opportunities to connect with other alums, colleagues and friends. This was the first reunion for the Graduate School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The School of Medicine welcomed all classes ending in a 2 or 7 for their second reunion.
On Friday, Distinguished Alumni Award winner and Planning Dean for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Christine Cassel,MD’76 gave Grand Rounds and interacted with many faculty and students throughout the day. Additionally, Alumni could attend a Continuing Medical Education Course on Skills-based Opioid Safe-prescribing in Primary Care.
On Saturday, at the first Alumni Association annual meeting, alumni heard what has been accomplished over the past year and a new board of Officers and Directors were voted in for a two-year term. The afternoon BBQ luncheon had activities for the whole family including face painters and balloon artists and many alumni went on a student-led school tour where they visited the i-CELS, anatomy lab, learning communities and our newest addition, the CryoEM facility.
Following the BBQ, Alumni were invited to hear Christine Cassel’s Lecture and Conversation “The Physician, the Philosopher and the Citizen: UMass Medical School Opened the Door”. Alumni shared the impact UMass Medical School had on them and their careers. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences alumni where able to learn “How UMass Medical School’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is transforming Medicine” from Kate Fitzgerald, PhD, Professor of Medicine, the Worcester Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research and Director of the Program in Innate Immunity; Oliver J. Rando, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology; and Marian Walhout, PhD, Professor, Co-Director, Program in Systems Biology. They spoke about the research they are conducting and answered questions from alumni.
During the State of UMass Medical School, given by Terence R. Flotte, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine, Provost and Executive Deputy Chancellor, The Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, Christine Cassel, MD’76 received the Distinguished Alumni Award and Irv Heifetz, MD79, R’82 was honored for his years of service to the Alumni Association.
Reunion wouldn’t be a celebration without the traditional dining and dancing on Saturday night. Classmates from the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences attended a cocktail reception, mingled in private class dining rooms and danced late into the night. A great day was had by all!
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