The Medical Center Alumni Society, organized in 1960, now has more than 20,000 members including graduates of the Medical School, those who trained in one of the specialty or doctoral programs, and current and emeritus faculty members.
The MCAS Board meets semi-annually, in the fall and spring. The standing committees — Academy, Awards and Nominating, Alumni Programs, Student and House Officers, and Development, carry on the work of the organization.
Each fall, MCAS supports a Medical School Reunion for classes at five-year intervals, beginning with the fifth year after graduation. Reunions include special celebrations for alumni who graduated 25 and 50 years prior, including presentation of the Emeritus Medallion to those celebrating their 50th year.
MCAS also bestows four awards each year: the Distinguished Achievement Award which is conferred upon alumni, former or current faculty, and outstanding persons who have made distinguished achievements in their field; the Distinguished Service Award which honors an individual who has contributed outstanding service to the Health System, one of its units, MCAS or the health sciences; the Distinguished Humanitarian Award, which honors an individual who has brought credit to their profession through their humanitarian service to the welfare of mankind; and the Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award which recognizes the distinguished achievements of alumni who have graduated from the Health System within the last 20 years. These individuals are recognized at an awards dinner each spring.
MCAS sponsors a number of initiatives to support students in the University of Michigan Medical School. These initiatives are developed by members of the Student and House Officer Support Committee in collaboration with the Office of Student Programs and the Office of Admissions and include such programs as the White Coat Ceremony, HOST Program, Graduation Awards Luncheon, and Commencement.
The presidents of the Student Council, graduate students, and House Officers Association serve as representatives to the MCAS board. These students are encouraged to offer their perspectives regarding the student experience and to suggest opportunities for MCAS services that can enhance student life.
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