AADC April 2020 E-news & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
We miss all of our alumnae and we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy as we all continue to deal with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges our society is facing. At the AADC, we are taking this period of quarantine and self-isolation to heart and following the health and safety precautions necessary to “flatten the curve” of the virus. Stay safe, stay positive and stay in touch each other and with the AADC. To help us stay in touch with you, please provide any updates to your contact information, click here .
Workshop Presenters Wanted for the Fifth Annual Symposium

Complete our new online form to submit your proposal by May 31 to present a workshop at the 5th Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium hosted by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College on Saturday, *September 12. This year's theme is “Ready, Next, Go!” The Symposium Planning Committee, chaired by Ikecia Lenese Mapp '01, encourages you to incorporate the concepts of  Confidence, Preparation and Execution  in your proposal. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with alumnae across a variety of fields and pursuits.
*Please note: As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, our primary focus is on the health and safety of our AADC alumnae community and AADC staff. We will provide further updates as they evolve regarding any impact on scheduled upcoming fall events and programs.
Alumnae Highlights
Pursuing Careers in Medicine with Help from AADC Fellowships

Raveena Midha '18
“My mother encouraged me to get a strong education and have a career to help others in some way,” says Raveena Midha ‘18. “And I liked science and lab experiments from the very beginning.”

Raveena recently finished her last pre-clinical year at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and is on track to graduate medical school in 2022, followed by four years of residency. She is currently studying for another milestone – taking her first set of medical board exams. Because of coronavirus pandemic, that may take a little longer than anticipated as “some exams are being shifted to be completed by end of December,” she says.

She remains focused on her goal. She likes the more human interaction of practicing medicine instead of research and, while remaining open minded as she continues her studies, is interested in pediatrics and emergency medicine. One of her pursuits this year was organizing a student-run health forum in Camden, NJ, and tutoring high school students in a health career program.

She is the recipient of past fellowships, including the Margaret Denton Wagner Fellowship, Jason David Cayne Fellowship, and the Mabel Smith Douglass Fellowship. The support, Raveena says, has relieved some of the financial stress that can come with pursuing a medical degree.

“With all the fellowships, I am able to reduce the number of loans,” says Raveena. 
Survandita (Tara) Dhawan ’17
When facing inevitable challenges in her path towards completing medical school, Survandita (Tara) Dhawan ’17 says her passion for medicine is what drives her.

“I am inspired the most when I feel that I can make a meaningful difference.” 

Tara is a fourth-year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School who graduates with a Distinction in Medical Education and will pursue a residency in anesthesiology this summer. She says influential mentors “helped every step of the way in my education to explore the biological sciences and medicine.”

“I chose anesthesia because it combines what I love about surgery and the operating room with what is most interesting about critical care medicine. I can offer a variety of interventions as an anesthesiologist, including working in the ICU in times of COVID-19, but also working with chronic pain patients in the clinic.” 

Tara notes that fellowships were pivotal in helping her to pursue her medical residency.

“In particular, the financial support I received helped me better manage the costs associated with applying for residency programs, as well as traveling and attending the interview invites that are a key part of the process.”

She is a past recipient of AADC fellowships, including the Ruth Adams Fellowship, Bertha Garber Modell Fellowship, Margaret Denton Wagner Fellowship, New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Federation Fellowship and the AADC Alumnae Fellowship.
Our Vibrant Sisterhood
Virtual Gatherings in May!
Tea with Tina Gordon ’72, AADC Board of Directors Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Sunday, May 17, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Calling all AADC Sisters! Put on your best hat, your white gloves and grab your scones for a fun one-hour virtual "Tea with Tina.” The AADC is putting together this special virtual event so we can chat with each other and together online. Tina, pictured with her face covering, hat and teacup, notes that no actual hat is required, and feel free to put whatever you like to drink in your teacup. No politics, please, just your participation in an open discussion that might include:

What have you learned during this experience?
How are you coping?
What new or different things have you tried? 
Have you taken up chair yoga? Baking? Knitting?
Are you watching Broadway shows, taking tours of national parks?
Are you homeschooling your kids or grandchildren?
What resources would you recommend that you have tried and enjoyed?
What books have you read, what shows have you binged?
What have you done that you never had time to do before?
AADC Sisterhood Book Club Virtual Discussion About "Sourdough"

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 11:00 am

All alumnae are welcome to join us as we host our virtual book club discussion about the novel "Sourdough" by Robin Sloan. This novel follows a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company who codes all day and collapses at night. When her favorite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the "starter" for making their mouthwatering sourdough bread and so begins her quest to keep the starter alive. Need a copy of the book? Check with your local library's online resources to download a copy of the book online through programs like Libby, Overdrive or Hoopla, or purchase online at various booksellers. 
Mentoring Program Virtual End-of-Year Gathering

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 11:00 am

Calling all Mentors and Mentees who participated in our 2019-2020 program! We will host a virtual celebration to share in the success of our mentor and mentee pairs from this year's program. Don't miss this opportunity to connect and share your experiences and successes. To read our latest newsletter and to apply for next year's program, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/mabels-mentoring-program
For a complete list of upcoming AADC events and programs, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/event-registration
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