School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Physicians can give back to students through service

Would you like to stay involved with the School of Medicine? Are you interested in giving back to the next generation of WSU physicians? Then volunteer through the Office of Alumni Affairs.

If you’re looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity, The Big “D” Career Exploration Evening or a Medical Specialty Lunch might be for you. The Big “D” is held annually to give students an opportunity to speak with physicians and learn about their specialties. This is a valuable evening for medical students and they appreciate sharing your insight and experience. The Medical Specialty Lunches are a series of informational informal meetings between medical students and physicians. Each lunch features several physicians practicing the same specialty. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about life as a doctor in a specialty they may someday practice.

The Helping Our Students Travel program assists students when they are traveling for interviews, away rotations conferences and exams. WSU School of Medicine alumni across the country provide temporary lodging, creating opportunities for professional growth and development. By participating in the HOST Program, you can learn about the updates and changes made in the medical school while maintaining a connection.

Carolyn Green, M.D., ’87, an alumnus practicing in Colorado, recently hosted a student, and found the experience a rewarding way to reconnect with the School of Medicine. “Hearing about the improvements in the area around the medical school since I was a student in the early 1980s was very interesting,” she said. “It was fun to swap ‘when I was at Wayne…’ stories and realize that while some things change, others stay the same.”

Career advisors serve as mentors to medical students. When you were a student, you looked for every way possible to prepare for your next step of training and, ultimately, for the rigors of practicing medicine after completing your training. There isn’t a better way to prepare than by talking with a member of the physician family who has experience with those issues. The Career Advisor Program, in conjunction with Student Affairs, provides students with comprehensive guidance through their medical school years.

If you’d like to give back, but can’t volunteer, please consider a gift to the Alumni Annual Fund, which supports our students, and their organizations and activities.

To sign up or learn more about these and many other volunteer opportunities, contact Dana Gingrich, Alumni Program officer, at or 313-577-3587.
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