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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Alumni Association College of Medicine

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Paul A. Pipia, MD '89
President 2014-2015
Alumni Association - College of Medicine


  • President's Greeting

President's Greeting

I'm Paul Pipia, Class of '89, President of the Alumni Association.

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 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 the student activities: Our commitment begins during the first year with our support of the White Coat Ceremony, a symbolic embrace into the long line of the sacred community of healers.

During the ensuing 4 years we provide financial support where needed and scholarships for research and clinical endeavors like the Healthcare in Developing Countries Elective. Other programs we underwrite include:

» The Brooklyn Student Run Free Clinic which offers hands on experience operating a clinic with limited finances.

» The Brooklyn Stories book which encourages students to share their thoughts and experiences in a student literary journal.

» The 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 students' unforgettable moment when they 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 share history, good cheer, honor special alumni accomplishments, reconnect with classmates and even network for opportunities available just because we are Downstate Alumni.

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 so we can continue being of service to our students, alumni, and to our community.

Sincerely yours,
Paul A. Pipia, MD '89