Dear MCG Family,
We have all found ourselves living in unprecedented and uncertain times over the last two years, watching as COVID-19 wreaked havoc in this country and across the world, closing some health care facilities in the short term and stealing the lives of not just our patients, but of our families and our friends.
During that time, I often paused to reflect on the privilege it is to be a physician — to be the trusted caregiver for my patients in times of crisis and times of calm. I am thankful that the Medical College of Georgia has afforded me that privilege.
As the pandemic has waned and the numbers of COVID cases have diminished, I have also been spending time thinking about all we have lost — not just the lives of so many, but precious times with those we love, times we will never get back.
Now, more than ever, it feels so important to carve out time, a scarce commodity in our so often busy lives, to spend with our friends and family.
That includes our MCG family.
There will be many opportunities for us to gather again over the next year — at events like regional receptions, welcome dinners for new students, White Coat and Hooding Ceremonies and class reunions during Alumni Weekend. Please do not take those times for granted. Come and spend time with your fellow MCG alumni – it is a group that has always been so supportive and encouraging to me.
As one of my first official duties as Alumni Association president, I had the honor of welcoming our newest colleagues — the Class of 2022 — into the MCG Alumni Association at their Hooding Ceremony in May. As I told them then, I look forward to paying it forward during my term and ensuring that they, the next generation remains in touch and engaged with their medical school.
I hope you will join me.
My best to all of you,
Anil Puri, MD, Class of 2005
Internal Medicine & Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine, Milledgeville, Georgia