Fall 2014
Alumni Association President Message

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By Helen Gray, M.D.'08

Helen GrayNew alumni president excited to serve

Hello to you all! I am very excited to be president of the University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Association and look forward to the upcoming year. I am so proud of what our school has accomplished and the exemplary physicians we are matriculating. This opportunity to give back to our school and students is an honor.

The excitement of orientation week

This year has started off with the privilege to participate in the Class of 2018's orientation week. I was honored to be able to speak at their White Coat Ceremony in front of not only the students, but also their friends and family.

To see the excitement and pride amongst the crowd was exhilarating and definitely put some new life into me when I returned to see patients in my practice.

I encourage my fellow alumni to participate in the various opportunities to work with our students, whether it be precepting, mentoring or any of the other programs that arise. I congratulate the Class of 2018 on their acceptance into our School of Medicine family and in four years' time, into our association.

Homecoming recognitions and awards

At our annual alumni reception in October, we celebrated our Alumnus of the Year, Rubin Saavedra, M.D.'95, at the annual Homecoming Gala in Reno. See related article on page 25. Dr. Saavedra currently practices in southern Nevada and was honored for the comprehensive and compassionate care he provides to all with accessibility being a number one priority.

Fellow alumni Amanda Casey, M.D.'06, and Scott Fielden, M.D.'93 were recognized by the Nevada Alumni Association in the Outstanding Young Alumnus and Alumni association service categories.

In addition, the 10- and 25-year reunion classes gathered at the reception and held additional class-specific activities over the homecoming weekend. These events highlighted the fact that we have many accomplished and quality physicians who have learned and grown from our school.

Looking ahead

I look forward to continuing forward with the mission of the alumni association and thank Tracey Delaplain, M.D.'87, for paving the way and making a hard act to follow for me. I thank you so much for the generosity of time and donations. We encourage all of the alumni to participate in the events of our medical school and sincerely hope that you will consider joining our association.

Helen Gray, M.D. '08, FAFP President, University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Association