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Message from the RSOM Alumni President – February 2019

RSOM Alumni Board Message - DNA

Greetings Fellow Alumni,

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ‘96

As you’ll read throughout this newsletter, this is an exciting time for us as we continue our rich history of providing world-class education and medical advancements. You’ll read about the opening of the new Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building and that our alma mater is now known as The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook.

The goal of our Alumni Board is to provide meaningful ways to connect alumni with each other and with the current students of The Renaissance School of Medicine. Whether it’s an educational event, a mentorship opportunity, or a reunion celebration, there are many ways the alumni board strives to keep you engaged with the School. We work with the Office of Student Affairs to support current medical students from their first day through graduation. We support students through scholarships, research opportunities, global health travel awards, and many more student directed activities and programs.

Did you know that today’s tuition is approximately $45,000 per year for in-state students and $65,000 for out-of-state and international students? That’s a far cry from the $10,000 per year we paid years ago. We need your financial support to help attract and retain the best and the brightest and stay competitive in today’s environment. Our role as alumni is vital in giving back and making a positive difference in the lives of our medical students.

When I had the opportunity to become a member of the Alumni Board, I was truly honored. I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much. The school is growing in so many ways, and it is very exciting to see the new opportunities for current and prospective students. I urge you to get involved:

  • Come back to campus for a visit and a tour.
  • Consider taking part in our Careers in Medicine program to speak to groups of students and to provide career insight.
  • Become a member of our HOST program, where you can serve as a mentor to our students and where you can be linked with our students who are interviewing for residencies and share valuable insights and perspectives into communities and residency programs, and even perhaps, offset the costs of residency interviews.
  • Or as you’ll read in this newsletter, help support the Donor Remembrance ceremony.

I am grateful for the time, talent and treasure that you give to support our alma mater. I feel truly privileged to be working with you and on your behalf in order to advance our medical school. If you’d like to get involved, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hoffmann in the Office of Alumni Relations at


Best Regards,

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ‘96
The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook Alumni Board

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