Coming home – where the heart is

January 2014

Homecoming 2013, which took place between October 17 and 20, 2013, was a resounding success for the Faculty of Medicine with over 400 alumni attending a variety of events.

From tours of the Osler Library and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Glen Site to the Medicine Class of ‘88 CME-Accredited 25th Anniversary Seminar and Dean’s Luncheon, not to mention the variety of reunion class dinners, department cocktails, Medicine Young Alumni Reunion and the Dean’s Reception and 2013 Medicine Alumni Global Awards, the four-day event was a jam-packed and well-attended one.

 

Dean’s Reception

Dr. David Eidelman and returning alumni

Held in one of McGill’s newest medical facilities, the Bellini Atrium in the McGill Life Sciences Complex, the Dean’s Reception was a lively cocktail event which provided an excellent opportunity for all returning classes (’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98 and ‘08) to re-meet and greet and reminisce about their alma mater.

Dr. David Eidelman, MDCM’79, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, gave a welcome address and presented the six Medicine Alumni Global Award winners with their awards. “We continue to excel thanks to your exceptional support,” he said.

 

 

Continuing Medical Education-accredited 25th Anniversary Seminar

From left to right: Thomas G. Diacovo, Michael Lee, Bruce Andrus, Benjamin Burko, Katherine O’Brien and Maureen Chung. Sanjay Mehta is not pictured

Hosted by the medicine class of ’88, the CME-accredited seminar was a thought-provoking foray into both prevention and cure. Topics included mammogram screening, the global reach of vaccines, the role of resilience in medicine, pulmonary hypertension, drug development for children and the cost of healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reunion class dinners

Dr. David Eidelman and returning alumni

Reunion class dinners are a great opportunity for classmates to get in touch, share memories and enjoy great food. They are also wonderful occasions to rally support for various Faculty initiatives and to celebrate the achievements accomplished for the reunion class gift campaigns.

This year’s reunion classes focused on a variety of initiatives including the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre, an entrance scholarship for underrepresented populations, endowed class bursaries and Medicine’s Greatest Needs.

 

 

 

Young Alumni Reunion

Also held in the Bellini Atrium, the 2nd Annual Medicine Young Alumni Reunion was a great opportunity for young alumni (’93 to ’08) to get reacquainted. With food provided by Ristorante Beatrice, the evening was a high-energy occasion for young alumni to reminisce and talk about what they’d accomplished in their chosen career paths since graduating from medical school.

 

 

 

 

Ursula Leonowicz

Photos: Nicolas Morin

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