Connecting and Uniting

CURA Program Brings Medical Alumni Together

Regina Torsney-Durkin (C'73, M'77) and Dr. Christina Hanna (F'08, M'14)

The CURA (Connecting and Uniting Residents and Alumni) Program was founded in 2005 with the goal of connecting Georgetown medical alumni, wherever they may end up. Every year, CURA (formerly MATCH) pairs Georgetown medical alumni with recent School of Medicine graduates as they head out to begin their residencies in hospital centers across the nation.

Dr. Regina Torsney-Durkin (C’73, M’77) and Dr. Christina Hanna (F’08, M’14) were paired in 2014 when Dr. Hanna moved to Philadelphia for her residency.  The experience has been transformative for them both.

On Becoming a CURA Mentor/Mentee

Dr. Torsney-Durkin: It’s something that we can do to really help young alumni out. It’s nice to have somebody who trusts you enough to pick up the phone and ask you a question that they wouldn’t ask to somebody at the hospital where they work.

Dr. Hanna: Even when we were students, Georgetown instilled the idea of mentorship in us. Moving to a new city and starting a new career was overwhelming. Having a mentor like Regina, who is also a Georgetown alumna and has been through this before, is like having an extra layer of support at a time when extra support is most needed.  

On Mentorship and Friendship

Dr. Torsney-Durkin: One of the best things you can do as CURA mentor is host a gathering with many area alumni, including alumni who may not have previously signed up as mentors or mentees.  In Philadelphia, these gatherings have created lifelong friendships among alumni who did not previously know each other.

Dr. Hanna: The program has exceeded my expectations and a large part of that is Regina. Not only was she was so patient with my chaotic residency schedule, but when we met for dinner, I was so impressed by this lovely, brilliant, warm-hearted person. She became my listening ear and also a guiding light.

On the Perks of Joining CURA

Dr. Torsney-Durkin: New graduates can’t lose. If it turns out they’re too busy, there is no obligation. The best thing is they can pay it forward by being mentors for new students who are graduating next!

Dr. Hanna: When you first start your intern year, you can feel a little bit disconnected and overwhelmed. It’s helpful to have people remind you of the greater goals in medicine and the balance between work and life.  CURA gives you the chance to have a fun outlet in your residency and, as an added bonus,  it’s a great way to stay connected to Georgetown!

Are you a Georgetown Medical alumnus or alumna interested in taking part in the CURA program? Sign up here.