RAISING THE PROFILE OF THE MAAB

A letter from Rishi Reddy, ’00 MD (HPME)

Hello Feinberg alumni!

I am taking over the reins as the new Medical Alumni Association Board (MAAB) president. A big thank you goes to Jim Kelly, ’73 MD, for his leadership and dedication as president of our alumni board during these past two years.

A graduate of Northwestern’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), I work in medical education and thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. For the past few years, I have been fortunate to participate on the Alumni Board and have led the Mentoring and Engagement Committees. I am committed to increasing engagement and raising the profile of the alumni association to current students and residents, medical school alumni and GME alumni.

The Mentoring Committee, under the leadership of Emily Martin Jones, ’08 MD, ’11 GME, assistant professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, and Dan Schwarzlose, assistant director of Alumni Engagement at Feinberg, have partnered with the undergraduate campus on several key initiatives.

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program creates connections between undergraduates, medical students and alumni, and fosters mentor-mentee relationships. Currently we have 238 Feinberg alumni participating in the network, with 199 medical students. Among Northwestern’s other schools, we have 5,890 alumni, with 1,983 students. Our goal is to reach 100 percent current student participation and provide these students with as many alumni mentors as possible.

To become a mentor, register here.

The HOST (Help Our Students Travel) program gives MD alumni an opportunity to assist graduating seniors during the residency interview season. Our fourth-year students incur on average $3,000 in travel costs during this critical time in their medical careers. Alumni can relieve the financial burden by serving as hosts when students are in their area. This year, the HOST program—with 233 alumni hosts in 30 states—saved our students an estimated $10,000 dollars! My goal as alumni board president is to recognize alumni who help out our students and in turn, Feinberg. Thank you for staying engaged and GO CATS!

If you’d like to sign up to host a student, register here.

From top to bottom: Alumni president, Reddy; Christopher Davis, ’14 MD, MPH, ’16 GME; and Vin Sandhu, ’87 MD, MBA, connect with students during Alumni Weekend 2018.