UVA Medical Alumni Association Hosts the Inaugural Black Medical Alumni Weekend

April 7, 2022 by School of Medicine Webmaster

UVA Medical Alumni Association Hosts the Inaugural Black Medical Alumni WeekendBlack Alumni Weekend is a biennial celebration at the University of Virginia that began in 1985 as an admission recruiting effort hosted by the Walter Ridley Scholarship Committee. Since its inception, it has been one of the nation’s premier alumni programs, bringing more than 1,500 alumni and friends back to Grounds to reconnect with each other and the University.

The UVA Medical Alumni Association hosted the inaugural Black Medical Alumni Weekend, Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2022. Highlights of this weekend include a tour of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers on Friday, and on Saturday an update of DEI efforts at the School of Medicine, a moderated panel entitled “Voices from History and Our Future” and a Recognition Ceremony.

The Recognition Ceremony recognized the contributions and achievements of some of UVA’s greatest pioneers: Ed Wood, MD ’53, Bill Womack, MD ‘61, Moses Woode, PhD, Maurice Apprey, PhD and Judy Pointer, MEd, Program Manager for Diversity Programs in the Office Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the School of Medicine.

A special tribute video honoring Dr. Wood, one of the first two Black graduates of UVA School of Medicine was shared with the UVA Black Medical Alumni featuring Dr. Wood, Dr. David Wilkes, Dean Melina Kibbe, and Senior Associate Dean of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tracy M. Downs, MD.

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