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Virginia Medicine July 2020

In the News: Congratulations, Class of 2020

On May 16, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan conferred the degrees of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Public Health and Master of Science to 262 candidates from the School of Medicine. Congratulations, graduates!

During the virtual ceremony, the UVA Medical Alumni Association announced Lois Davis as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Student Award. The award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who has made unique and tangible contributions to the University of Virginia School of Medicine and to the Medical Alumni Association. In addition to serving as our fourth-year student representative, Davis also volunteered as an ambassador, helping to organize and recruit for events, and was a member of the planning committee for the inaugural Black Medical Alumni Weekend.


Wilkes Stepping Down

UVA School of Medicine Dean David Wilkes, MD, will step down in 2021. The University will conduct a national search for his replacement. Read the statement from Executive Vice President for Health Affairs K. Craig Kent, MD, and Executive Vice President and Provost Liz Magill. MORE

Anti-Racism Statement

The UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation stands against racism and hate. Our organization is committed to supporting the Black community through collaborative initiatives with the UVA School of Medicine as well as well as our own efforts working directly with students, alumni and housestaff.

Read the full statement from our executive director and board presidents here.

Alumni Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations for our 2020 alumni awards is July 31. Nominations are being accepted for the Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award, the Early Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences. MORE

Virtual Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom fatigue setting in? Shake things up with one of our new virtual backgrounds and show your pride in the University of Virginia School of Medicine while you’re on a video conference. Download your favorites today. MORE

Reunion 2021

Medical School Reunion Weekend 2021 is scheduled for April 30 – May 2. The event will bring together MD alumni from the classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001, as well the classes of 1955, 1960, 1970 and 1975 whose 2020 reunions were postponed. You can make hotel reservations now. MORE

Donate an Ophthalmoscope

The UVA School of Medicine’s Mulholland Society is launching an ophthalmoscope rental program to alleviate the financial burden on medical students who are currently required to purchase them. MORE

Philanthropy in Action

When you make a gift to support the University of Virginia School of Medicine, you are making a difference in the lives of current students – tomorrow’s physicians, researchers and healthcare leaders. Read about some of the people who have given back. MORE


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