Letter from Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs
As this letter is being submitted, our Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association (VMAA) is hosting an “Almost Alumni Luncheon” (our eighth such event) for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) Class of 2011. The VMAA is proud to welcome the Class of 2011 as our newest active alumni members. I send my thanks to all our alumni who participated in the VMAA Host program and housed many of these students during residency interviews. An equal thanks goes out to all of you who are currently serving as VMAA mentors for these recent graduates. The cycle of interviewing, matching, graduating, and moving for residency training will gear up soon for the VUSM Class of 2012. If you would like to participate in our VMAA Host and/or Mentoring Programs please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Open House, Oct. 21
While we will not have a medical reunion in 2011 (medical reunions are held biennially on even years), the VMAA will host an Open House during the 2011 VU Homecoming festivities. We invite all those coming to campus for VU undergraduate reunions to join us for this event on Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.; third-floor student lounge, Light Hall.
VMAA Board Welcomes New Members
The VMAA Board welcomed Oran Aaronson, M.D., HS ‘00, as the William Meacham Society representative in February. The Board also recently welcomed postdoctoral representative Gregory Digby, M.D., FE '08, house staff representatives Aaron Shaver, M.D., HS '07, Kevin Sexton, M.D., HS '07, and VMS student representative Scott Zuckerman (VUSM, Class of 2012).
One of the great benefits of being part of the larger Vanderbilt University family is sharing in the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s benefit programs. A new program that may be of interest to our VMAA members is Abenity, a comprehensive discount program for all Vanderbilt alumni. Details about the Alumni Discount Program administered by Abenity may be found at: www.vanderbilt.edu/alumni.
We send thanks to both Wyatt Rousseau, M.D., MD '69 (Dallas) and Carl Grote, M.D., MD '54, VMAA Board Regional Representative (Huntsville, Ala.), for hosting regional dinners in Dallas, and Huntsville respectively. The VMAA has also hosted specialty society events for the Scott, Meacham, Friesinger, Luton and Röentgen Societies. Perhaps our greatest area of recent VMAA programmatic growth has been in the area of support for our students, post-docs, and departments as we have assisted with efforts for two IRB-approved medical alumni surveys; the Microbes and Defense Academic Society’s 20th anniversary celebration; the Post-Doctoral Fellows Poster Symposium, the BRET Program’s Graduation Luncheon; and the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) Retreat, among other activities. We are staying busy!
Worthy of Note News
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role with the VMAA is hearing from you. Please take a moment to submit your “Worthy of Note news” for our next Vanderbilt Medical alumni news section. Send your news and digital photographs to email@example.com; or fax to (615) 936-8475; or mail to VUMC, 21st Ave South and Medical Center Drive, MCN D-8212, Nashville, TN 37232-2106.