Amid the cheers of family and friends, 108 men and women received their M.D. degrees on Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Commencement Ceremonies for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.
Congratulating the new physicians was commencement speaker Helen Ranney, M.D., UCSD professor emeritus and former chair of the UCSD Department of Medicine, 1973-86. Dr. Ranney, the first woman to chair a department of medicine in the United States, noted that this is a time when the graduates can practice both the art and science of medicine, taking into account all the promise of today’s post-genomic era.
Among the graduates were several award winners (see sidebar) and individuals with eclectic backgrounds.
Graduating medical student Sam Hughes, who also holds a Ph.D. in classical studies, was selected by his classmates to deliver the student speech at commencement, and treated his peers to a quote in Latin about medical science. UCSD Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Edward W. Holmes, introduced Hughes as “Dr. Dr.” Hughes. Hughes will complete his residency training in neurosurgery at UCSD Medical Center.
Among the other graduates:
Gerardo Rodriquez (pictured with fellow members of the Latino Medical Students Association) is the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to graduate from high school, college and now medical school. Planning to become a surgeon, Rodriquez will do his residency training at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Lara Hall was the recipient of multiple awards given to 2004 graduates (see photo). Prior to medical school, she spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching health education and sanitation measures to people in the Congo. Noting that she’s always wanted to help the underserved, Hall will do her family medicine residency training at The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Massachusetts, which serves the urban poor.
Another multiple-award winner, Erin Fortune, was an Americorps volunteer and served at a children’s agency in Nevada as a minority outreach coordinator prior to medical school. She’ll be a pediatrician following additional training at UCSD Medical Center.
Stephen Suydam graduated from the Hastings School of Law and practiced for four years in Los Angeles before entering medical school. Although he enjoyed many aspects of the family law that he practiced, he chose medicine so that he could further contribute to society. During medical school, his independent study project wedded his legal and medical training when he developed a guide for sharing confidential patient information between hospitals. Suydam will do his medical residency in anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Matt Fitzpatrick was a military helicopter pilot for seven years prior to entering medical school. His undergraduate degree had been in liberal arts. He plans to become a psychiatrist, with his residency training at UC San Francisco.
In all, 25 cities will be the next home for UCSD’s medical school graduates as they pursue their residencies in numerous specialties: 36 internal medicine, 14 surgery, 11 psychiatry, 10 pediatrics, 9 obstetrics/gynecology, 7 family practice, 6 anesthesiology, 6 emergency medicine, 2 internal medicine/pediatrics, 2 ophthalmology, 2 neurosurgery, and 1 each in orthopedics, radiology, orthopedic surgery, radiation oncology, family medicine/psychiatry, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Sixty-eight of the graduates will complete residencies in California, with 17 staying at UCSD.
2004 UCSD School of Medicine Awards
Merck Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education
Stephanie Yiwei Lu
School of Medicine Leadership Award
Rambod Amirovin, Kathleen Hubbard, Kathryn “Katie” Williams
Department of Medicine Senior Award
Kathryn “Katie” Williams
Pharmacology Education and Research Foundation Medical Student Award
Dung Nguyen, William Lee Philips
Foundation Achievement Award in Surgery
Department of Pediatrics Senior Award
Department of Neurosciences Senior Award
American Academy of Neurology Student Prize
Department of Psychiatry Senior Award
Department of Reproductive Medicine Senior Award
Primary Care Clerkship Award
Edwin Reithmayer, M.D. Memorial Scholarship, Award San Diego Academy of Family Physicians
Emergency Medicine Senior Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Roderick K. Calverley Humanitarian Service Award
The Mark B. Fefferman, M.D. Memorial Award
The Debi Taylor Award for Excellence in the Study of Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award
Joseph Stokes, III Award
Samuel B. Hamburger Memorial Thesis Award
First Prize, William Phillips; Second Prize, Holly Hang Nguyen; Honorable Mention, Eric J. Hemminger, Winston W. Lien, Stephen G. Ong
The John and Lola Ross Award in the Science and Culture of Medicine
Armida Moreno, David Sykes
The George G. Glenner Memorial Award, sponsored by the Department of Pathology
Arlene J. and Dr. Bernard Goodhead Service Award in Oncology
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
UCSD Medical Alumni Association
Carrlene Harper Memorial Scholarship, Lara Hall
Bud Whipple Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Hoang Nguyen
Kaiser “Excellence in Teaching”
First year students, Nora Laiken, Ph.D., Medicine
Second year students, Lawrence Hansen, M.D., Pathology and Neurosciences
Third year students, Charles Goldberg, M.D., Medicine
Fourth year students, David Lehman, M.D., Psychiatry
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