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The Garnet Microscope

Keeping you informed about the school, providing meaningful opportunities for you to make an impact on the university and its current students and inviting you to demonstrate your School of Medicine Columbia pride are priorities of our office. Our monthly e-newsletter is our primary communications tool to help us relay this important information conveniently directly to your inboxes.


In each issue, we strive to MAGNIFY the most newsworthy information that impacts the alumni family as a whole, FOCUS on programs or individuals that are contributing to our school and the community, ILLUMINATE the personal and professional achievements of our graduates and provide opportunities for alumni to DISCOVER interests and ways to become engaged.

Access the last twelve issues from The Garnet Microscope below. If you need to access any archived issues that aren't listed, please contact Paige Stiles.

Join us as we applaud our 2023 Alumni Award recipients on their achievements in advance of the Alumni & Dean's Distinguished Service Awards Dinner in October, which will be a part of our Fall Frenzy Weekend. Check out the FOCUS section to learn more about these homecoming-esque events! Click here to view issue 

IT'S LIVE! Our new and improved website is up and running, giving you a better navigation experience. Everything we want you to know is within these pages! Don't forget to check out our upcoming Alumni Happy Hour Tour schedule - we're headed out across the state in 4 major cities to hang with YOU! Click here to view issue

New leadership is on the horizon for the SOMC as Dean Les Hall announces his retirement and an interim Dean has been selected. Genetic Counseling Program Director, Janice Edwards, MS, CGC, celebrated her retirement and career achievements with a reception that welcomed back alumni and supporters of the program. Click here to view issue

WHAT A WEEKEND! We give a recap of our 2023 Famously Hot Alumni Reunion Weekend and the money raised in our annual Class Reunion Challenge, and provide our annual coverage on our participation in hooding and graduation events. Click here to view issue

After another successful Give 4 Garnet, we share how GRATEFUL we are for the 174 donors who helped us raise $55K for the SOMC on our annual day of giving. We also announce our upcoming Alumni Association Board openings in hopes to recruit the next class of passionate leaders. Click here to view issue

March was jam-packed with celebrations and fun gatherings for our students and alumni alike. Our MIV students experienced a Match Day like no other and reveled in a 100% match rate, while our second-year PA students received their white coats which marks the beginning of their hands-on training. Click here to view issue

The Table Talk Series is off with a bang, so we provide a recap of the events we've hosted thus far, and are looking for more MD alumni to serve as hosts. And we can't let this LOVE month pass us by without sharing the kind words our students have for our alumni! Click here to view issue

Alumni Award nominations are officially open for 2023 and we encourage the alumni family to submit on a colleague or classmate's behalf. Our FOCUS was on National CRNA Week to bring awareness to the field and highlight three CRNA alumni who give us a taste of the passion they have for this field. Click here to view issue

Our office sends warm holiday wishes to the alumni family and recaps some of our favorite moments of 2022, such as our second #1 ranking from U.S. News Report, bringing back in-person events after a long two years of COVID-19 pandemic procautions, and more. Click here to view issue

Not only are in-person events back, we had two successful turnouts to our Alumni & Dean's Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner, as well as our new donor event, the Dean's Circle Society Reception over the past month. We recap both events in this fall issue, as well as highlight Genetic Counseling Awareness Day and two of our alumnae who are making strides in the field. Click here to view issue

The 2023 Alumni Reunion Weekend will be here before we know it, and we give our readers a snapshot of what the exciting May weekend will entail. IT'S ABOUT TO GET FAMOUSLY HOT IN COLUMBIA, Y'ALL! Catch up with Alumni Association President, Andrew Glover, MD, in a "get to know me" interview fresh into his first couple months in this leadership role. Click here to view issue

We offer a warm welcome to our newest Alumni Association Board Officers and At-Large Members, and bid a farewell to those whose terms were finished at the end of the summer. Our annual MIV Residency Interview Prep program was a huge success thanks to our 42 alumni volunteers who mock interviewed the 86 students entering the 2023 residency match.  Click here to view issue

Join us as we applaud our 2022 Alumni Award recipients on their achievements in advance of the Alumni & Dean's Awards Ceremony and Dinner in October. ICYMI: We had a great turnout at Segra Park for our SOMC Family Night, and our alumni family came together in a big way to fully fund the MD White Coat Sponsorship in ONLY THREE DAYS! Click here to view issue


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