Virtual Medical Alumni Weekend

November 11 - 13, 2021 EST

Rediscover Ι Reconnect Ι Rekindle 

A Message from Dean Mary E. Klotman . . .

Medical Alumni Weekend is all about you - your energy, dedication, vision, and accomplishments. The weekend is a chance for you to connect with your classmates and hear what is new at Duke University School of Medicine.
Medical Alumni Weekend is a wonderful way to celebrate your success and our shared connection to Duke.
I look forward to seeing you virtually!

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, November 11
12:00 – 1:00pm

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Community, Suicide Prevention Intervention for Transitioning Service Members and Veterans: The Sponsorship Initiative

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category I credit™.

Joseph C. Geraci III, PhD, LMHC

(Ret.) Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Infantry;
Co-Director, Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran And Suicide Prevention Center (TASC); VA VISN 2 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Virtual Wine Tasting

Enjoy a taste of Durham in your own home with The Wine Feed! This unique virtual wine tasting experience will toast with a celebratory sparking, a well-rounded white, and a radical red. Located in downtown Durham, this local business features a wine store and bar, with wine on tap and an outdoor patio. View the MAW Wine Tasting Menu.

Friday, November 12 10:00 – 11:00am

A Tale of Two Callings

Join beloved mentor, larger-than-life character, and Nobel Laureate, Robert Lefkowitz, MD for a program focused on the intersections of curiosity, humor, and teachable moments.

Robert Lefkowitz, MD

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine;
Nobel Laureate – Chemistry

12:00 – 1:00pm

Medicine Grand Rounds: The Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD, Lecture

Detecting Health Policy Effects on Clinical Outcomes and Equity: The Case of Patient Financial Incentives and Diabetes

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category I credit™.

J. Frank Wharam, MD, HS’01-’04, MPH

Professor, Duke Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine;
Core Faculty Member, Margolis Center for Health Policy

2:00 – 3:30pm

Class of 1971 (50th Class Reunion) Medallion Ceremony + Class Gathering

The Class of 1971 50th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a special virtual Medallion Ceremony and recitation of the Hippocratic Oath, followed by an opportunity to engage with classmates in your own virtual Class Reunion Gathering.

Ralph Snyderman, MD, HS'65-'67

Chancellor Emeritus
Duke University

Ed Preston, AB’57, MD’60, HS’60-’62

Half Century Society

5:00 – 6:30pm

Class Reunion Gatherings

Celebrate lifelong relationships during your Virtual Class Reunion Gatherings. Reminisce and engage with friends in class specific zoom rooms.

Half Century Society (includes 1961 and 1966)

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Virtual Cocktail Class

Think you aren’t a bourbon fan? Shannon from Alley Twenty Six promises to win you over with his curated, bourbon cocktails. With three creations designed specifically for MAW, this local Durham fixture serves specialty cocktails and a variety of house made syrups to blend the perfect drink. If you would like to buy any ingredients, Alley 26 can ship directly to you. View the MAW cocktail class menu. 

Saturday, November 13
10:00 – 11:00am

A Conversation with the Dean: Innovation for Equity in Health Care

Join Dean Mary E. Klotman, BS’76, MD’80, HS’80-’85, as she hosts a conversation with Duke leaders and alumni focused on the use of innovations driving health equity, as well as present day challenges faced by providers, researchers, and members of the healthcare community. 

Hosted by:

Mary E. Klotman, BS’76, MD’80, HS’80-’85

Dean, Duke University School of Medicine;
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University 

Special Guests:

Amy P. Abernethy, MD'94, HS'94-'01, PhD

Clinical Studies Platforms, Alphabet's Verily

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD

Assistant Professor
Family Medicine and Community Health
Duke University School of Medicine

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy; Founding Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

1:00 – 2:00pm

Department of Pediatrics Update

Hosted by:

Ann Reed, MD

Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Duke Department of Pediatrics

3:00 – 5:00pm

Class Reunion Gatherings

Celebrate lifelong relationships during your Virtual Class Reunion Gatherings. Reminisce and engage with friends in class specific zoom rooms.

40th Reunion: Class of 1981
35th Reunion: Class of 1986

5:30 – 7:30pm

Class Reunion Gatherings

Celebrate lifelong relationships during your Virtual Class Reunion Gatherings. Reminisce and engage with friends in class specific zoom rooms.

45th Reunion: Class of 1976
30th Reunion: Class of 1991
25th Reunion: Class of 1996
20th Reunion: Class of 2001

8:00 – 9:30pm

Class Reunion Gatherings

Celebrate with your class and kickoff with the Advisory Deans before moving into your own zoom breakout room.

15th Reunion: Class of 2006
10th Reunion: Class of 2011
5th Reunion: Class of 2016

Hosted by: 
Duke University School of Medicine Advisory Deans


Interactive Virtual Tours:

Though we cannot physically gather on campus, we invite you to virtually explore the best campus has to offer! Check up on the current learning environment for our students with a tour of Trent Semans Center for Health Education . . . explore Duke Gardens sans sunscreen . . . or linger as long as you like in the Nasher Museum of Art. Here is a full list of the weekend options:

  • Trent Semans Center for Health Education Tour (narrated)
  • Medical Campus Tour (narrated)
  • Nasher Museum of Art (interactive and pre-recorded)
  • Karsh Alumni & Visitors Center
  • Lemur Center
  • Duke Gardens

Frequently Asked Questions

Duke Medical Alumni Weekend is open to School of Medicine alumni. Class specific gatherings are offered to the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
We encourage use of a webcam in order to see your classmates during class gatherings, but a webcam is not required to join.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online events.
This is an online event, and you may participate anywhere you have internet access on a desktop, mobile, or tablet device. We are excited to bring you an enhanced experience this year.
Yes! If they will be using their own device to access the event, please have them register directly to receive login credentials. If they will be joining you in the same space, we look forward to seeing you both on camera.
Yes. All events, with the exception of the class gatherings, will be available for 30 days following the event.