Big Changes Are Coming to Alumni Weekend!
May 2 & 3, 2014
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Plan to return in May 2014!
There's so much to do! Don't miss the opportunity to see your classmates at the many new and exciting events planned for Alumni Weekend 2014.
Classes in reunion this year:
- 45th Reunion Class of 1969
- 40th Reunion Class of 1974
- 35th Reunion Class of 1979
- 30th Reunion Class of 1984
- 25th Reunion Class of 1989
- 20th Reunion Class of 1994
- Recent Graduate Reunion Classes of 1999, 2004, 2009
Registration for Alumni Weekend
You may now register online for Alumni Weekend.
You are also able to register by downloading a PDF of the event brochure or a Word document of the registration form, and filling it out and returning it to the Office of Alumni Relations:
Drexel University College of Medicine
1601 Cherry Street, Suite #1050
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Schedule of Events
Friday, May 2, 2014
“Dining with Dinosaurs”
6–9:30 p.m., The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Enjoy an intimate evening in a setting unlike any other in Philadelphia in the oldest natural science research institution and world-class museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Cocktails and dinner will be served in the unforgettable Dinosaur Hall, in an awe-inspiring atmosphere of history, exploration and discovery. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your own history and to discover what your classmates have been doing at this spectacular event.
$70 per person, $50 per person for classes 2004–2013.
Note: Round-trip shuttle transportation will be provided from all reunion hotels, but you must register for this service.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Back to the Future of Medical Education
8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Queen Lane Campus, Room 104
This unique and interactive program has proved to be an enlightening medical adventure for alumni as well as individuals contemplating a career in medicine. Learn from current students about the challenges they faced as applicants to medical school and hear about their curriculum choices, while you experience and participate in the Program for Integrated Learning (PIL) firsthand. Third-year students will share their clinical year experiences and talk about the impact technology has on their training. Attendees will also visit our state of the art Simulation Center with fourth-year students and have the opportunity to work on our animatronic manikins, as case scenarios are programmed. Graduates of this extraordinary program will receive their Drexel University College of Medicine Commemorative Diploma at the Dean’s Award Luncheon. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m. (Space is limited to 50 attendees.)
Note: Round-trip shuttle transportation will be provided from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street at 8:15 a.m.
CME Continental Breakfast
9:15–9:45 a.m., Queen Lane Atrium
CME Medical Seminars
9:15 a.m.–1 p.m., Queen Lane Campus
Take advantage of these fascinating and unique CME educational activities that the College of Medicine has designated for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CME Certificate $30
Note: Shuttle transportation will be provided from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia, at 8:45 a.m.
Lifespan Extension: The Possibilities and The Pitfalls
9:45 a.m. – 10:50 a.m., Auditorium A
Christian Sell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
This lecture will explore the current understanding of the aging process and the implications for clinical medicine. Age-related changes that impact clinical practice will be discussed. The latest discoveries regarding age-retarding therapies including red wine extracts, antioxidants, and the beneficial influences of diet and exercise will be examined. The discussion will be targeted to clinical practitioners to enhance their ability to advise their patients regarding the potential benefits and risks associated with these interventions.
Medical Mysteries in Music: What Killed Beethoven? Why Was He Deaf?
10:55 a.m.–noon, Auditorium A
Edward Ramoska, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
This presentation will cover the life, medical history, and music of one of the world's greatest composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. We will review and analyze Beethoven's symptoms and attempt to come to a conclusion about the diseases and conditions that led to his death and his hearing loss.
Note: Shuttle transportation will be provided from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia, at 10:15 a.m.
Drexelmed’s Web-Based Programs to Enhance Your Patient Care: Choosing Wisely, Effective Communication and More
12:15 p.m.–1 p.m., Auditorium B
Dennis H. Novack, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine
Christof J. Daetwyler, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine
The College of Medicine has developed a number of online resources to help trainees and practicing physicians enhance their patient care through effective communication. With the support of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, we produced a series of online modules to support the ABIM “Choosing Wisely” campaign. These modules demonstrate discussing evidence-based medicine recommendations with patients, such as not prescribing antibiotics for sinusitis or not ordering imaging for back strain. We are using other Drexel-developed web-based resources, including DocCom and WebOSCE, to help trainees and physicians improve their communication competencie,s for example, breaking bad news, or screening and counseling patients with substance use disorders. We will present some of these modules and give participants a chance to interact with our WebOSCE program.
Note: Shuttle transportation will be provided from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia, at 11:45 a.m.
Dean’s Award Luncheon
1–2:30 p.m., Student Activity Center, Queen Lane Campus
College of Medicine Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean, Dr. Daniel Schidlow, will host this very special luncheon for our returning alumni and guests. During the luncheon, we will proudly recognize and honor the Alumni Association Award recipients for their outstanding accomplishments. Come and learn what’s happening today at the medical school and meet some of our current students who will be your guides for the Queen Lane Campus tour following lunch.
$25 per person
Note: Shuttle transportation will be provided from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia at 12:30 p.m.
Queen Lane Campus Tour
2:30–3:30 p.m., Queen Lane, Main Lobby
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the Archives and Special Collections, our state-of-the-art Simulation Center, laboratories, classrooms, and workout facilities. Our student ambassadors are eager to tell you about their lives as medical students today as they guide your group and answer your questions.
Class of 1989 25th Reunion Reception
5:00–6:30 p.m., Papadakis Integrated Science Building, 33rd and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 19104
The Class of 1989 is invited to a special reception to raise a glass to commemorate its 25th reunion. Catch up on the past 25 years – residency stories, jobs, weddings, kids – and share stories from medical school. Class members will receive their 25-year Silver Dragon Society Pin and be inducted into the society.
Drexel After Dark
6:30 – 10 p.m., Drexel University Main Building, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 19104
This exciting new event replaces the University Gala and will feature Philadelphia neighborhood themed food and beverage stations, and seating on all four floors of the Main Building. The first floor Great Court will include a dance floor and a DJ playing your favorite requested music. The A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery on the third floor will be turned into a quiet piano bar with table seating. The space on the fourth floor will be transformed into a night club featuring house music and video games. Drexel After Dark will have something for everyone, combining food, drinks, games, music, and dancing for a fun night out with friends and classmates! To reserve a table for your group in a specified area (dance floor, piano bar or the night club) please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.
$50 per person, $40 per person for Classes 2004–2013. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Shuttle transportation is not provided for this event. Complimentary parking will be available in the "F" lot located at 31st & Ludlow Streets and at the Drexel Parking Garage at 34th and Ludlow Streets.
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Alumni Weekend Hotel Information
The Ritz Carlton
Ten Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Group code: Drexel University CoM Reunion Block
Cut-off date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Inn at the Union League
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Group code: Drexel Alumni Weekend
Standard: $169, Suite: $199
Cut-off date: April 4, 2014
Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Group code: Drexel College of Medicine Alumni Weekend
Cut-off date: April 2, 2014
Complimentary Shuttle and Parking
Complimentary shuttle transportation will be available to and from the reunion hotels and the Academy of Natural Sciences on Friday and the Queen Lane Campus on Saturday, but you must register for this service (registration will be available soon). Complimentary parking will also be available on Saturday at the Queen Lane Campus. Shuttles will not be available for the Saturday evening Dinner Dance and 25 Year Silver Dragon Reception on the University City Campus, but complimentary parking will be available in the Drexel Parking Garage at 34th and Ludlow Streets.
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Alumni Weekend Contact Information
Telephone: 1-866-DREX-MED (1-866-373-9633)