Alumni Affairs News

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Greetings, MedCats!

Thanks to the generous support of so many of you, every student in the Class of 2018 received the gift of a white coat and stethoscope, to help each of them get off to a good start in medical school. This was the first formal effort by the Office of Alumni Affairs to create a program of direct support to incoming students. Alumni and faculty donated more than $26,000, including more than $12,000 for scholarships. We hope to build on the campaign every year. We’ll keep you updated on our drive for the Class of 2019!

You probably noticed that we’ve updated the e-newsletter with a special section to promote upcoming events, of which there are several.

We held a very successful regional event for our alumni in Phoenix on September 27. And, for the first time ever, the COM is hosting a “MedCats for Life” reception at the AAMC Conference in Chicago on November 9. If you plan to be there, do stop by. RSVPs are appreciated. Check out the details here.

The UA College of Medicine Reunion and Homecoming weekend is just around the corner, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year – and last year’s was our best ever! Taking place on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, activities include our traditional programs for reunion year alumni (1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009) such as the annual reunion reception and dinner, and Med School 2.0, an afternoon program with tours of some of the COM’s outstanding programs.

We also will have activities for all of you who are College of Medicine alumni and your families, even if this is not your reunion year.

We’re offering our second annual Continuing Medical Education program, “Innovative Medicine: New Approaches to Old Challenges”, at no cost to our alumni, featuring some world-class speakers. The CME program takes place on Friday, November 7 from 9 to11 a.m. in the Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium at the UA Medical Center. Presenters include David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, UA Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance;  Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, Director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, and Division of Cardiology Chief; and Adele O’Sullivan, MD, CSJ, Medical Director, Founder and President of Circle the City, Arizona’s first medical respite center for the homeless, and the College of Medicine’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year.

All alumni are invited to the Homecoming Tailgate Party on Saturday, November 8, prior to the UA vs. Colorado football game. Join the UA College of Medicine community and enjoy a pre-game meal, wine and beer, and watch the Homecoming Parade and Wildcat Walk. The tent opens five hours before kick-off. Arizona Athletics announces kick-off time about a week before the game. This is another no-cost event, and a way for the Alumni Affairs Office to say, “Thank you for being a MedCat for Life!”

An RSVP is required for both the CME and tailgate party. If you’d like to attend, you can sign up by going to our website and click on the “Register Now” button, or contact Suzanne Jameson, Office of Alumni Affairs, at or (520) 626-4647.

For those of you reunion year alumni, please check our website for detailed information on the dinner, Med School 2.0, and all the other events, including information and links for registration.

I look forward to celebrating with you!

With best regards,

Holly Altman

Director of Alumni Affairs

Last modified date: January 9, 2017 - 2:20pm