From the Editor
Every other year, in late May, the School of Medicine Alumni Office is buzzing with activity as two of our most inspiring events converge. Over the span of the next 15 days we will welcome 279 new graduates to the alumni family, and we will welcome about 800 alumni back for the Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend. It is a privilege to oversee the many details of that weekend …coordinating over 100 speakers, organizing 29 awards and portraits to be presented, watching at least 30 different social events take shape, ordering shuttle buses, choosing linens and centerpieces, printing nametags, and accommodating guests ranging in age from infant to over 90… things don’t get much more exciting than this. And we truly are very much looking forward to seeing YOU! You make it all worthwhile!
The 37th meeting of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association and the School of Medicine Reunion Weekend is right around the corner – June 6-9, 2013. We hope you have made plans to join your classmates and colleagues for a program we hope you will find intellectually stimulating and informative, and that also offers ample opportunity for social and celebratory gatherings.
Much about the Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend remains unchanged – there are Award and Portrait Presentations, 14 departments are offering academic programming with CME credits, interdepartmental plenary sessions will look at our history and what lies ahead for a leading research-based, academic medical center. There is also new programming and revised scheduling as we attempt to broaden interest and make the activities more accessible to more people.
One of the biggest changes you will see is the Saturday night All Classes Reunion Dinner at a downtown waterfront hotel. All 26 classes celebrating reunions in 2013 (years ending in 2, 3, 7 and 8) are invited to this special dinner. The night is about celebrating – celebrating the reunion of each class, as well as the reunion of the School’s alumni family. What has happened behind the scenes is that by pooling our resources into management of this one large event, as opposed to 26 different class reunion events, we are now able to offer what we believe will be a nicer reunion experience. While each class will be seated together, you will also have the opportunity to mingle with other alumni – perhaps someone who was your instructor, your mentor, or your student; thereby creating an opportunity for a whole new kind of reunion memories.
For general information and program details about the weekend, visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org/SOMreunion.
To register for the Biennial Meeting by May 30 go to www.hopkinscme.edu/CourseDetail.aspx/80029903. Print the registration form, complete and send back to the Office of Continuing Medical Education.
To register for the All Classes Reunion Dinner by May 27 go to http://jhweb.dev.jhu.edu/eforms/form/reunionm or return the registration card included with the invitation which was mailed the week of April 22.
Reunion. Homecoming. We have taken to heart the meaning of these words by creating multiple opportunities for people to come together. Reach out to your classmates and friends, and help make it happen.