Celebration Honors Class Of 2017

Released on 05.18.2017

The M.D. program recognized top Class of 2017 graduates May 17 in its traditional Class Day Celebration.

“Tonight we’re gathered one last time before commencement to celebrate the medical school journey we have made together as faculty and students,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and founding dean of the College of Medicine. “Thank you for achieving excellence with a pioneering spirit that will forever be part of your legacy.”

The Dean’s Award, presented to the student with the highest academic performance, who embodies professionalism, compassion, and integrity, went to Sarah Hart, below right, who also received honors as Outstanding Senior in Internal and Family Medicine, and Outstanding Senior in Neurology. 






Kesha Thomas, left, received the Osler Award, given to the student who has demonstrated the most perseverance and overcoming obstacles to succeed. Thomas, a single mother of two teenage daughters whose family home was destroyed by fire in 2016, was the winner by an “overwhelming majority” of her classmates, said Dr. Marcy Verduin, associate dean of students.




Dr. James Sanders, below right, received the Hippocratic Oath Award, presented to the faculty member students believe best embodies the ideals of Hippocrates in compassionate patient care, ethical standards and dedication to teaching. As part of the award, Dr. Sanders will lead graduates in the Hippocratic Oath during commencement Friday.





Other award winners were:

 Class of 2017 officers announced at the event that graduating students are donating money for a shade tree and commemorative brick on the Tavistock Green and Piazza.

As she closed the celebration, Dr. Verduin said she remembered the graduates’ “White Coat Ceremony as if it were yesterday…This is the moment that we have all been working towards – your graduation represents your transformation from novice learners into young physicians who we eagerly welcome as our colleagues.”


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