Winter Celebration 2017

On December 6, 2017 the Alumni Association hosted a Winter Celebration for the College of Medicine Alumni and the current medical students who they have supported. Alumni and students alike expressed jubilation throughout the evening.

Over light hors d’oeuvres and wine, groups of students and alumni formed, conversing on topics of experience in medical school and possible future career options.

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A special sentiment of gratitude was expressed to Dr. Constance Shames, Class of 1963, for her spectacular work on the Alumni Today magazine. (Pictured above).


If you you would like to view the entire album from the Alumni Association Winter Celebration 2017, please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/2BmKUiL

 

 

 

 

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Alumni Appreciation Day 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2018, was Alumni Appreciation Day here at the College of Medicine SUNY Downstate. College of Medicine Graduates who currently work at SUNY Downstate were celebrated with a small token of appreciation from the Alumni Association.

With over 30 plus alumni attendees for Alumni Appreciation Day and the influx of many online and check donations, we hope to continue recognizing on campus alumni in a plethora of ways and foster lasting relationships.

If you are an alumnus/alumna and were unable to attend, do not hesitate to come to the Alumni Association Office to pick up your free gift between 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M on Monday to Friday. The Alumni Association Office is located the Basic Sciences Building, Room BSB 1-6.


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First Year Medical Students iPad Giveaway! 2017

After much anticipation, first year Medical Students, MS1, came to the Alumni Association office filled will jubilation to pick up their iPads. The 194 iPads were donated by an anonymous alumnus donor who wanted to provide students with another resource to succeed during their time in Medical School. As expected, students responded with gratitude and a multitude of different reasons why this generous gift meant so much to them.

From financial reasons to differing types of learners, below are testimonials from students on the utility of the donation:

“I thought about purchasing an iPad for the longest time but couldn’t due to financial reasons.” – Hermione Gaw

“I can be slow at learning sometimes and visual aids are very useful to me …I hope you know that you aren’t just donating iPad to a “class,” but to individuals people who have their own unique reasons for cherishing this gift.” – Rebecca Walton

“I am already using this iPad mini to organize myself, make Anki flashcards, and observe anatomical structures with the many amazing apps available.” – Kelila Kahane”

“I can imagine a multitude of ways your gift will aid in our studies, from now as we delve into learning about anatomy, to have a handy reference on our future rotations.” – Swetha Mummini


The connection to SUNY Downstate and its vast Alumni Network has already begun to take root:

“I am also touched by what this gift represents – the continuity of the Downstate College of Medicine and that alumni still feel connected and invested in the college. I will keep that in mind so that one day I too can give back.” – Kelila Kahane

“I hope that you continue to be prosperous in your endeavors, and I promise to take the baton and pass it on at every stage of my learning experience and career.”  – Amarachi Uwaga

“I am proud to be a part of SUNY Downstate, especially knowing that it has a great alumni network and wonderful alumni.” – Johnny Wai Ming Tang


One student even looks forward to what this donation can contribute to in her future medical career:

 “While I know my mind may change, I currently plan to go into Cardiology and contribute to society from that. I hope to one day work in an underserved area and, when financially stable enough, to open my own clinic in order to build stronger bonds with my patients and provide them with greater one to one care. I also want to one day travel to the Dominican Republic and provide free basic healthcare to those families living in the countryside and impoverished areas of the country.” – Ana Maria Lopez

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Alumni Membership Benefits

Bookstore Coupon

In hopes of increasing alumni engagement and everlasting connection with SUNY Downstate,the University Bookstore is offering an Alumni discount coupon. The coupon is just one of the many alumni promotions featured on the Alumni Member Benefits website. Promotions range from discounted flights and hotels to markdowns on clothing from Brooks Brothers.

More Benefits of Alumni Membership:
– Support to our current medical students
– Monthly e-mail newsletter with the latest news
– An annual Alumni Today magazine delivered to your home
-An annual scientific session, awards ceremony, and dinner dance for all alumni
-An office of friendly staff to help you connect or reconnect with your classmates

To access to the member benefits page please go to the link below. A username and password is necessary to view the benefits. Contact the Alumni Association to get the login information. Email: alumni@downstate.edu OR Call: (718) 270-2075

The following link is to the Alumni member benefits website:
https://www.downstate,edu/alumni/member-benefits/

— Interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Association? Click here —

Alumni Throwback Thursdays

Every Thursday on the Alumni Association Facebook page and Facebook group a throwback photo will be featured. Photos will be taken from the yearbooks, with the goal that each year of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine graduates is represented.

If you have a photo you would like to share and be featured, please send it to alumni@downstate.edu

Be on the look out for a new post every single Thursday. If you see someone you recognize, do not hesitate to let them know they are featured and comment with their name.

The link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/alumniassociationsunydownstate/

The link to the Facebook Group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SUNYCOMALUMNI/?ref=bookmarks

 

March 30 Alumni Reception in Long Island

M. Monica Sweeney, MD ’75, MPH, President of the Board of Managers, and host Daniel Nicoll, MD ’72, immediate past Chair of the Trustees for the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, invite alumni and their guests to a social reception for old and new acquaintances:

Alumni Reception
Lakeview Ballroom
The Hamlet on Olde Oyster Bay
1 Hamlet Drive
Plainview, New York, 11803

Wine and hors d’ouvres will be served

Please RSVP to alumni (at) downstate (dot) edu, or by calling 718-270-2075

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Photos: SUNY Downstate Alumni Wine & Cheese Event Sept. 22

Mark the next one, Dec. 15, 2016, on your calendars!

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Student Jonas Kwok talks to alumnus Stephen Danziger, MD ’68.

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Dan Nicoll, MD ’72, catches up with Louis Cregler, MD ’75

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From left to right, foreground, Bandele Omokoku, MD ’75, Vinette Greenland, MD ’79, Dan Nicoll, MD ’72 and Louis Cregler, MD ’75

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Bandele Omokoku, MD ’75 and Louis Cregler, MD ’75, talk in front of Alumni Auditorium

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From left to right, William Urban, Jr. MD, ’89, Joseph Merlino, MD, MPA, and Paul Pipia, MD, ’89

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Robert Iskowitz, MD ’66, Walter Diamond, and M. Monica Sweeney, MD ’75, Alumni Association president, talk over hor d’ oeuvres.

All SUNY Downstate medical alumni are welcome to the next event. For questions or to RSVP, contact alumni@downstate.edu.

Photos by Alumni Association Executive Director Eric T. Shoen-Ukre, CFRE


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Improving Doctor Communication with Improv

Dr. Belinda Fu uses improv techniques to enrich doctor-patient communication. Click here to watch her full, filmed workshop.

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Belinda Fu, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, faculty at the Swedish Family Medicine First Hill Residency Program, and founder of Mayutica, LLC, an educational training company. She is also professional actor, and a Theatresports ensemble member and improv instructor at Seattle’s Unexpected Productions.