- Burnett School College of Medicine Faculty News
The newest M.D. class includes a record number of UCF and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences undergraduates. The 121 first-year students, who received their white coats August 3, include 24 UCF undergraduates, 17 of them from the Burnett School.
This is the first class where UCF Knights outnumber students from all other Florida state universities.
Included in the Class of 2019 are Jeremy Tran, who conducted research with Burnett School faculty member Dr. Mark Muller on erasing cancer at the epigenetic level, and Haleigh Hodges and Brad Rosenkrantz, who worked with Burnett faculty member Dr. Kyle Rohde researching treatments for tuberculosis. As an undergraduate Tran also was honored with the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s highest student honor, which recognizes academic achievement, leadership and service.
Dr. Rohde attended Monday’s White Coat Ceremony and beamed as his two protégés were coated by Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and founding dean of the UCF College of Medicine.
Also attending the ceremony was Dr. Griffith Parks, Director of the Burnett School, who said he was delighted with the number of biomedical sciences majors who were going on to be physicians. “As we train the next generation of scientists, we are eager to see their impact on the world,” he said. “Some will take their passion for discovery into research labs and others will become tomorrow’s healers. I couldn’t be more proud to see them get their UCF College of Medicine white coats and begin their medical school journey here.”