By Wendy Sarubbi | May 20, 2016 7:10 pm

Because it takes a village to create a physician, Class of 2016 students invited to Friday’s graduation two special “mothers” who saw them through early mornings, lonely nights and days when their self-confidence and brain power were gone: College of Medicine housekeepers Betty Gonzalez (left) and Flor Ramos.

As the new M.D.s celebrated post-commencement, Ramos and Gonzalez talked in their native Spanish about the special relationship they have with medical students – offering encouragement and support at times when many others have left the medical education building. “They are so enthusiastic but they make many sacrifices and are stressed sometimes,” Ramos said. “We make them smile.”

“Like another mother,” Gonzalez added.

And like mothers, the two said they also push students – to work harder, keep studying, focus on the future and the important role they were seeking as physicians. Ramos and Gonzalez said they were honored students had asked them to attend commencement and celebrate the next step in their journey to becoming The Good Doctor.

“We have interacted with them for four years,” Ramos said. “It is very special to see their great future begin.”

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