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School of Medicine Update

During Reunion Weekend, our featured speaker — Dr. Paul Ramsey, dean of the School — answered your questions on the state of medical education and the WWAMI program, UW Medicine’s ongoing COVID-19 response, healthcare equity and our latest advances in research and patient care.

If you missed the live event, you can watch Dr. Ramsey’s update now.


Our popular speaker series comes to you. These exciting presentations from current faculty feature topical issues and the advanced research taking place at UW Medicine.  

Responding to Global Viral Pandemics, Both New and (Very) Old

Keith Jerome, MD, PhD, Res. ’97, Fel. ’98
Head, Virology Division, UW Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Director, UW Virology Laboratory; Professor, UW Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 

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View Dr. Jerome’s slides [pdf]

Post-COVID Symptoms: Rehabilitation and Recovery

Janna Friedly, MD, MPH, Res. ’05
Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine; Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Editor in Chief, PM&R

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View Dr. Friedly’s slides [pdf]

Fostering Resilience During Times of Chronic Stress: Strengthening Coping and Protecting the Most Vulnerable 

Kristen P. Lindgren, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Trauma Recovery Innovations

Michele A. Bedard-Gilligan, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Trauma Recovery Innovations

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View Drs. Lindgren and Bedard-Gilligan’s slides [pdf]

2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 UW School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awards! The awards recognize remarkable alumni in four categories for exceptional contributions to the field of medicine. 

Alumni Early Achievement Award 
Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD ’13, Res. ’16
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Alumni Humanitarian Award 
John E. Fankhauser, MD ’89 
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Alumni Service Award 
Erika A. Goldstein, MD, Res. ’84, MPH
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Distinguished Alumnus Award 
John T. Schiller, PhD ’82 
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Behind the ScenesThe New Health Sciences Education Building 

Get an insider’s look at the new Health Sciences Education Building. Now under construction, it’s the future home of the UW School of Medicine and 21st century health sciences library and anatomy lab. 

Student Voices 

Learn more about our outstanding medical students and the contributions they are making to the health of our community. 

Fatima Ali 
“With your support, the road to becoming a doctor has gotten a lot easier for me,” says Fatima. “I hope to pay it forward one day.” Read Fatima’s story >>

Cecelia Villa
“I knew from a very young age that I wanted to pursue a career where I can make people’s lives better,” says Cecelia Villa.
Read more about Cecelia >>

Sam Regalado
“It is because of your generosity that I have been able to realize my dream of bridging excellent patient care with cutting-edge breakthroughs in the research lab,” Sam says.
Read more about Sam >>

photo of Spencer Peche rock climbing

Spencer Pecha
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of a program that trains Wyoming’s future physicians,” says Spencer.
Read more about Spencer >>

Christina Gibbs
“I would not be here without you. The support you are providing me with on this journey is helping me pursue a career that will be dedicated directly back to the communities we both know and love,” says Christina.
Read more about Christina >>

Totem Rising 

Stephen Ellison, MD ’19, became a doctor to give back to the people and communities who have shaped him. “I want my patients to have a healthcare provider who understands the challenges of living in rural Alaska,” he says. Read Stephen’s story >>

A Journey Interrupted 

When COVID-19 spread across the globe, many medical students found their education paused or drastically changed, including third-year student My-Linh Nguyen. Still, she’s determined to finish her training so she can care for the underserved and immigrant communities she grew up in. Read My-Linh’s story >> 

Thank You

Thank you for joining us this weekend. You are what makes Reunion Weekend special!  

Although we can’t gather in person this year, we hope you’re enjoying the opportunity to connect with your classmates virtually, celebrate milestones and catch up on what’s new at the School.  

We want to hear from you. Let us know what you thought of your reunion! Check your inbox for a short survey after the event.