SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Alumni Association College of Medicine
William L. Kutcher, MD '78
Alumni Association - College of Medicine
Dear Alumni and Friends,
My name is William Kutcher. I'm a proud alumnus from the Class of 1978. It is my honor to serve as your Alumni Association President for the 2015-2016 academic year.
We are the Alumni Association of the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, an independent organization of Downstate graduates established in 1880 with the mission to provide financial support and mentoring to our medical students, and to enhance networking opportunities after graduation. We invite you to visit often and join our ranks.
To give you a brief summary of our involvement in student activities:
Our commitment begins during the first year with our support of the White Coat Ceremony, representing a symbolic embrace into the long line of the sacred community of healers.
During the ensuing four years, we provide financial support where needed, and scholarships for research and clinical endeavors like the Health Care in Developing Countries Elective. Other programs we underwrite include:
- The student-run Brooklyn Free Clinic, which offers hands-on experience operating a clinic with limited finances.
- Brooklyn Stories, encouraging students to share their thoughts and experiences in a student literary journal.
- A mentoring program where our alumni and faculty donate their time in an informal setting to help students adjust to medical school, and begin to explore special areas of interest.
At graduation, we provide a gift to celebrate the unforgettable moment when students join the ranks of MDs. The Alumni Association is the bridge between the academic building, the neighborhood, the city and the world.
Our support of these programs helps students expand their world, and become aware of options to help fulfill their own dreams in their careers as physicians. For our members, we publish the magazine Alumni Today to help keep abreast of the latest updates at Downstate Medical Center and our alumni accomplishments, as well as keep us connected to our alma mater.
Our annual reunion weekend in the spring brings together alumni of all ages to connect and reconnect, share history, good cheer, honor special alumni accomplishments and network.
Throughout the year, we have quarterly Board meetings and welcome alumni to join us and become involved. Cooperation, networking and connection encompass our mission for all our alumni. We invite all alumni to join and become active members of our society as soon as you graduate.
The generations of medical students that follow you will benefit, and our organization needs you to continue being of service to our students, alumni and to our community.
William Kutcher, MD '78
President, Alumni Association