The Medical Alumni Foundation

The Medical Alumni Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Alumni Association. Gifts to the fund provide scholarships and special programs that benefit students in the College of Medicine. Financial support from alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, and friends of the Medical Alumni Foundation affords us the opportunity to maintain academic excellence and provides the means for appropriate and significant improvements. Your support keeps us competitive and helps enhance the reputation of our institution, both regionally and nationally. When you give, you are providing students with year-round support and your act of giving sets an example of service for today’s students. As a result of your gifts, our students are afforded with the most current resources out there. Some of these resources include:

With gifts of at least $25,000, donors may create scholarships to further enhance our students’ education. In general, scholarships are a form of gift assistance usually based on academic merit, talent, skill, ability, or achievement. With our donors help, we are able to offer a number of scholarships to enrolled students. Check out our scholarship link for more information on how to apply for or endow your own scholarship.

The College of Medicine curriculum integrates the basic and clinical sciences—with basic science courses teaching the clinical implications of the material—and provides clinical experience starting in the first semester.

Student Services
SUNY Upstate Medical University provides our students with a wealth of student orientated services that include a career development center, child care center, financial aid, health science library, multi-cultural resources, residential life, student affairs, student counseling, and student health.

White Coat Ceremony
Each first-year medical student receives a lab coat at a family ceremony during orientation. The "coating" signifies the responsibilities associated with the profession of healing.

Book Distributions/Reference guides
Second and third-year medical students receive personal copies of reference guides that are invaluable throughout medical school, residency and in practice. This past year, each second-year student received a copy of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. Third-year students received copies of Maxwell’s Quick Medical Reference and the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia.

Special Programs
Students interested in pursuing careers in medical research and academic medicine may apply to our seven-year MD/PhD program which combines medical school and graduate school and awards dual degrees. The MD/PhD program offers students a wide selection of research areas for their laboratory work. All faculty members in the College of Graduate Studies are eligible to serve as mentors.

Student Life
A large part of college life takes place outside the classroom, and Upstate is no exception. SUNY Upstate Medical University offers 45 student clubs and organizations; discounted tickets to Syracuse sporting, cultural offerings and other special events, as well as a full travel series including day trips and weekend getaways.

This year, more than 44 percent of alumni have made a gift to the Medical Alumni Foundation. Your support is vital to our on-going mission to serve our medical students. You may send your donation to the Medical Alumni Office with the check made payable to Syracuse Medical Alumni Foundation or you can now enter the SUNY Upstate Medical Alumni's secure on-line giving site, where you can make a gift using a VISA, MasterCard or American Express credit card.

Visit the New On-Line Giving page

Please contact the Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation for more information


Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation
Setnor Academic Bldg; Suite 1510
750 East Adams St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the Alumni Office or from the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, NY, NY 10271.