Lifelong Learning Options Bring Opportunities to Reconnect

Lifelong learning is a concept that can mean different things to different people. There is continuing medical education (CME), but it also can mean meeting standards for maintaining licensure or learning about the latest techniques in your field.

Lisa Marshall, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy OfficerAt the Wake Forest School of Medicine, we believe it means acknowledging that alumni from all of our programs have educational needs throughout their careers and their lives. We realize that as educational needs arise, it‘s only logical for you to expect your medical school to be a resource.

The Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations is committed to serving as a conduit for lifelong learning opportunities that help alumni. Our Medical Alumni Association Board has enthusiastically supported this concept, and alumni from all of our programs have embraced the idea. In this issue of Catalyst, I hope you have enjoyed reading about our approach, which I would describe as deliberate and focused.

First, we have tried to identify resources currently in place that haven‘t been offered to alumni before—learning opportunities such as our Dean‘s Forums, the Dean‘s Research Symposia and department lectures. Or, if you‘re in the area and would like to join in a Grand Rounds session, we would love to accommodate you.

We believe CME provides a foundation for what we can offer, and we know there is value for you in getting that CME here, where you feel connected.

Sometimes that connection leads to learning opportunities for others. As alumni return to campus, they often meet our students, who get to see amazing people with amazing careers who once were medical students at Wake Forest, just like them. It‘s often the start of a valuable mentoring experience.

As you identify needs where the School of Medicine may be able to help, we hope you will share those with us. We want you to think first of your medical school and to have that connection and that relationship with us.

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Lisa M. Marshall
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Vice President, Philanthropy and Alumni Relations