From the VP

Enhancing Lifelong Connections for our ‘Senior Students’

In one simple comment, one of our alumni captured a key takeaway from our MD Alumni Weekend activities in early May.

The comment: Alumni are really just “senior students.” The process of learning doesn’t end at graduation but continues throughout life. It is a process highlighted by the milestones of matriculation, graduation and reunion, two of which we celebrated in May.

We started the month with MD Alumni Weekend, highlighted by class reunions, an induction ceremony for the MD Class of 1968 into the Bowman Gray Society as part of its 50th reunion and the presentation of the annual Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Awards, among other events.

Just over a week later, we celebrated with the latest class of graduating students as they marched in Wake Forest University’s Commencement exercises. Before summer ends, we will welcome more incoming classes of students who will begin their journeys to becoming highly trained medical professionals.

Many of you likely can identify with the “senior student” description. We know the value that so many of you, as alumni, place not only on continuing your educational journey but doing so through the Wake Forest School of Medicine. We are committed to providing you with better and more frequent access to learning opportunities.

One example is the Dean’s Research Symposia series. These events, modeled on popular TED talks, are opportunities to discover some of our newest research, establish potential collaborations and see how we turn what we learn into what we do as a learning health care system.

These symposia are free and open to alumni. For more information about upcoming sessions, click here.

We also are exploring other initiatives to improve the connections among alumni, students and faculty to increase alumni engagement with the school and with each other.

As a lifelong learner from Wake Forest School of Medicine, what would you like your School to provide in support of your quest for continuous learning? If you have ideas or suggestions, please share them by email at

We are already making plans for next year’s MD Alumni Weekend, scheduled for May 3-5, 2019. We hope you are making plans, too—to join us and to continue nurturing those lifelong connections.