As an alum of UC Davis School of Medicine (MD degree, residency and/or fellowship graduate), there are myriad ways to share your talents and be involved – and have fun while you’re at it.
While there are many structured programs available, we also understand they might not fit into your schedule or your specific areas of interest. To have a conversation about how you can be more involved in your medical alma mater, contact M.L. Farrell, director of Alumni Engagement. Working together, we can find an opportunity tailored to your interests and availability. Call M.L. at 916-734-9408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current options: (keeping in mind we are always open to new ideas!)
Weekend Welcome Dinner for MS1s
For local alumni: Early in the academic year (between August and Thanksgiving) host a dinner at your home or a restaurant for 4 to 12 first-year students (MS1s) to welcome them to UCD SOM community. PARTICIPATE
Come back to campus for a noon hour or evening of candid conversation and Q and A with a group of 8-20+ medical students. Share your insights and perspectives on the medical profession and your specialty. Tell current students about your journey in medicine since graduation. This informal, round table discussion is normally held from either 12-1 pm or 6-7:30 p.m., and a light lunch or dinner is hosted by the Alumni Office. PARTICIPATE
For local alumni: Host a group of medical students at your office after hours. Open your lab, clinic or practice to students for a tour. Showcase your workplace and talk about your particular specialty within the context of your office. Provide a valuable overview of your career path since graduation, as well as the ins, outs, rewards and challenges of your work day-to-day. PARTICIPATE
School of Medicine Alumni Association (SOMAA) Board of Directors
Serve on the SOMAA Board. In this leadership role you will work with the alumni engagement staff to ensure a robust and useful program for alumni of the School of Medicine. Meetings of the entire Board are held twice a year in fall and spring. For more information about the Board, see “About Us.” PARTICIPATE
The HOST Program
From the fall through the winter, 4th year students embark on a multitude of residency interviews. Travel and housing can quickly become a financial challenge. Be a host or a help to a student traveling to your area. Host a student overnight at your home or if you can’t provide a place to stay, offer to meet for coffee, a meal, show them around the area or just be a resource to answer questions. PARTICIPATE
An opportunity to welcome a recent graduation who is coming to your locale for their residency. Be a resource related to the ins and outs of your – and their new – area. We provide you the names of graduates who matched near your home or work and you do the outreach – whatever way is most comfortable for you. PARTICIPATE
Interested in being a mentor to a current medical student (or students)? Are you willing to share your experience and expertise and act as a resource – in person or virtually? Many students would relish the perspective of someone who has been in their shoes (albeit sometimes quite a few years ago) and is willing to talk with them periodically about their interests and address questions and concerns as they tackle the challenges they face as they progress through medical school. PARTICIPATE
Regional Alumni Gatherings
Host and/or help to increase attendance at an alumni event in your area. Work with the Alumni Engagement Office to bring fellow medical alumni in your locale together to meet one another, network, and/or hear from leadership and faculty stars. PARTICIPATE
Class-specific Activities—Reunions and Alumni Weekend
Become a representative for your class. Rally your classmates to join in reunion activities and stay connected with their classmates and faculty mentors. Make phone calls or write an annual newsletter. Work with Alumni Engagement staff to keep your classmates involved and informed. PARTICIPATE
Student-Run Clinic Preceptors
Volunteer your time on Saturdays and act as a preceptor at one of the nine student-run clinics in the Sacramento area. If you are interested in volunteering as an attending physician or donating to the cause, please call 916-734-4106. PARTICIPATE
Are you in the Sacramento region and have time available on a regular, on-going basis to teach? Work with the Office of Medical Education to be a preceptor and/or teach a section of the Doctoring course, a key component of the curriculum for 1st through 3rd year students. PARTICIPATE
Medical Education Partnership
Work with our Office of Medical Education (OME) and help train the future physician workforce. If you are interested, let us know. We’ll get you in touch with a contact in the OME and send you an overview of options, offering a variety of time commitments. PARTICIPATE
Let us know your interests.
If you would like more detail on any of the opportunities listed, or have other ideas for ways to become more involved with your medical alma mater, email M.L. Farrell, Director of Alumni Engagement, at email@example.com
or call 916-734-9408.