Medical Alumni and Development
Medical Alumni and Development Programs works with individuals and organizations to secure the human and financial resources necessary to help the School of Medicine achieve and maintain excellence in research, teaching and patient care.
Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association
The Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association WUMCAA was organized more than 60 years ago to foster a continuing spirit of fellowship among graduates, and to maintain and enhance the tradition of excellence of the School of Medicine. Membership is free and provided to graduates and former house staff of the medical center.
The association complements the goals and purposes of the School of Medicine through a variety of programs for its members and current students. Involvement in these activities also provides the opportunity to continue the relationships begun as students and to develop rewarding professional associations.
The Office of Medical Alumni and Development Programs and the WUMC Alumni Association assist students in a variety of ways. The association makes a substantial financial commitment each year to support 16 Distinguished Alumni Scholars. These promising medical students receive full-tuition, four-year scholarships in honor of great teachers and mentors who were also alumni of the School of Medicine. The association also provides an activity fund for both the first- and second-year classes and sponsors a reception for the graduating class, their families and faculty.
In addition, the association provides financial support to a number of student-initiated community service activities, including a variety of health-education programs in public schools and clinics.
Medical Alumni and Development coordinates an alumni resource bank that arranges more formal contacts between alumni and students. Alumni volunteers host students who wish to spend time with a practicing physician, provide information to help students choose a specialty, serve as preceptors for clerkships and electives, and provide overnight lodging to fourth-year students going on residency interviews.
Reunions and other events
The School of Medicine’s Reunion is held in May for medical classes who return at five-year intervals, beginning with the class observing its 10th year following graduation and continuing through the class celebrating its 55th reunion and all emeritus alumni (all classes beyond their 55th reunion). The reunion schedule includes a scientific program, social events, tours of the medical center and the presentation of Alumni Achievement, Faculty Achievement, Resident/Fellow Alumni Achievement and Distinguished Service awards. Award recipients are chosen on the basis of personal accomplishment, professional achievement and/or service to the School of Medicine. Members of the graduating class are special guests at the awards banquet and are officially welcomed into the Alumni Association.
The Alumni Office sponsors special alumni activities in selected cities across the United States. Volunteers from each area assist in sponsoring these events, which help alumni stay abreast of the educational and research activities at the School of Medicine. The Alumni Office also compiles class newsletters for selected classes, including recent graduates and Emeritus alumni.
Supporting their school generously is a tradition for a large percentage of alumni of the medical school and the health professions programs. Each year alumni and friends make gifts to the Annual Fund, which supports the medical school’s departments, divisions and health care professional programs, as well as scholarships and low-interest loan programs for students. Alumni also designate gifts for special purposes within the medical school, including specific research, education and training programs.
During the 1977-78 school year, the Executive Council of the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association voted to establish the Alumni Endowed Professorship Program. The first alumni professorship was awarded in 1982. Ten professorships have been created thus far.