UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association history
It consisted of a group of physicians in private practice in the Greater Sacramento Region who supported the School of Medicine, often as directors of clinical services at the medical center or officers in the local medical societies.
Primarily acting as advisors to the dean and the medical students, they provided the Plane Tree, supposedly from the area in Greece where Socrates taught. It now grows in the Quad of the Medical School on Campus.
This group also initiated welcoming meetings for the first class and passed a symbolic torch to the first graduating class as "true alumni". Given that the new alumni were beginning their residency, tentative plans for this new alumni association and its activities were sporadic.
The mission statement that was created and still holds today is the following:
Foster communication between alumni of the UC Davis School of Medicine, alumni of UC Davis Medical Center residency programs, faculty, housestaff, and students.
- Foster and encourage the pursuit of excellence in medicine.
- Utilize the Alumni Association network as a source of influence in support of the interests of the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center.
- Utilize the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center as a source of support and as a resource for the alumni.
- Promote communication between the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association and the Cal Aggie Alumni Association for mutual benefit.
Original intent of the Alumni Association was to be:
- Self directed, not an arm of the hospital, school or administration
- Not a mailing list for solicitation nor donor base
- Not a social club
Given this climate, the dean's office recognized the need for close relationships with the alumni and its strengths as both an advisory body as well an advocate for the institution. With the growth of the alumni group as well as the responsibilities of the association, every attempt was made to expand programs to allow the greatest number of alumni to be directly involved and participate in the programs.
Social activities were intended primarily to have the dean and officers of the Alumni Association meet with former students, to draw them to the association.
Meetings at the CMA or other national meetings had a two-fold mission:
- A meeting local for the faculty, dean and alumni out of town
- A showcase for the institution
The first distinguished Alumnus/a Award was presented in 1988, primarily to recognize academic achievements of a graduate.
2007 Reginald Low, M.D.
2006 Garen Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H.
2005 David Kilmer, M.D.
2004 R. Steven Tharratt, M.D., M.P.V.M
2003 Lloyd Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
2002 Robert Wiebe, M.D.
2001 Edward Yeh, M.D.
2000 Jeffrey Tanji, M.D.
1999 Amparo Villablanca, M.D.
1998 Kenneth Facter, M.D.
1997 Thomas Nesbitt, M.D.
1996 David Wisner, M.D.
1995 Timothy Albertson, M.D.
1994 Steven Edelman, M.D.
1993 Fred Meyers, M.D.
1992 Robin Hansen, M.D.
1991 Dennis Devereux, M.D.
1990 John Longhurst, M.D.
1989 Daniel O'Connor, M.D
1988 Janice Phillips Dutcher, M.D.
2007 Joan Baumer, M.D.
2006 John Chuck, M.D.
2005 Alan Kelley, M.D.
2004 Carolyn Shepherd, M.D.
2003 Martin Anderson, M.D.
2002 Bruce Greenberg, M.D.
2001 Paul Hom, M.D.
2000 Unable to locate
1999 Balazs Bodai, M.D.
1998 Tim Marten, M.D.
1997 Jon Andrus,M.D.
1996 Herbert Bauer, M.D.
1995 Neil Flynn, M.D.
1994 Patricia Samuelson, M.D.
1993 Salmon Paul Daniels, M.D.
1992 Milburn Mar, M.D.
1991 Antonio Velasco, M.D.
2007 James Silverthorn, M.D.
2006 Jeffrey Southard, M.D.
2006 Mojca Konia, M.D.
2005 David Deyhimy, M.D.
2004 Sarah Pirio Richardson, M.D.
2003 Kristen Vandewalker, M.D.
2003 Melissa McCall, M.D.
2002 John Martin, M.D.
- Welcome Reception for the incoming school of medicine class
- Welcome Breakfast for the incoming house staff and fellows
- Alumni Reunions
- RiverCats Event
- Scholarship Fund
- House Staff Professionalism Award
- Distinguished Alumnus and Humanitarian Awards
- We also support a variety of student programs: AMSA events, student lunches and dinners, and the senior class yearbook.
The Transformational Leadership Award was created in 2007.
The recipient of the Transformational Leadership Award is an alumna/us of the UC Davis School of Medicine or Medical Center whose professional achievements and contributions have enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public, provided for personal distinction and brought honor to her/his alma mater.
2007 Ellen Feigal, M.D.
The Clinical Fellow Professionalism Award, was created in 2008 by the School of Medicine Alumni Association to recognize and honor a clinical fellow identified by his/her co-workers and ancillary staff for exemplifying the attributes to professionalism. The American Board of Internal Medicine defines professionalism as one who "aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity, and respect for others." Below is a summary of past Clinical Fellow Professionalism Award recipients:
2008 Rafael Rodriguez, M.D.