I am excited to serve as the new President of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni Association. Our goal is to build strong and lasting relationships with our alumni across the country, while providing support for our current students and advancing the interests of professional education in medicine.
Many new and exciting changes are happening at Stony Brook. In answer to the much-publicized shortage of physicians, the Medical School has plans to expand class size. A new Cancer Center, expansions within Stony Brook Children’s, and a Medical and Research Translation (MART) center will soon come to fruition — all of which will transform the student and patient experience. A new website for the Alumni Association is in the process of development and will allow us to communicate more effectively. And, a new branding initiative has been introduced with modernized logos to signify our growth and transformation.
The Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Association has been actively supporting our medical students. The SOM Scholarship Fund, SOM Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund, SOM Alumni Fund, and the SOM International Scholarship Fund help students in financial need, provide merit-based scholarships, support alumni activities and help fund student global health clinical and research electives.
It’s so important for alumni to give back to Stony Brook. These contributions enable progress and we are seeing the benefits! The generous support of Drs. Jim and Marilyn Simons makes this the perfect time for alumni to support our Medical School and Alumni Chapter.
First-time alumni donors will be matched dollar-for-dollar, as will contributions of $25,000 or more to qualifying programs including scholarships, programming and faculty support.
The well-established “Careers in Medicine” program has been expanded and is now held two to three times during the year. Alumni are connecting, mentoring students and sharing expertise in their career choice and it’s been a tremendous success. We have representatives from various specialties to discuss the rigors of residency, private versus academic practice, lifestyle and home life, and any other questions the students may have.
All alumni are welcome to attend, and we hope you will join us at an upcoming “Careers in Medicine.” Just contact Mary Hoffmann at (631) 632-4995 if you are interested in participating.
Pride and tradition at the School of Medicine starts with us, the alumni. Consider volunteering as a class correspondent, working on a reunion for your class year or attending a University event. The Advancement Staff are here to help, and you won’t be disappointed.
Lastly, I would like to thank Dean Kenneth Kaushansky, the members of the Alumni Association, and the Advancement Office for their enthusiastic support, guidance and commitment.
Anthony Girardi, MD,’80 FACS
President, Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni Association