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(May 27, 2011) - As members of the CU School of Medicine Class of 2011 walked across the stage to receive their degrees Friday, their history and accomplishments were read aloud. It was quite a list.
As medical students, many have traveled the world providing medical care, setting up clinics, creating health data bases and researching illnesses in Tanzania, the Czech Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala, Brazil, Kenya and Thailand. Some volunteered to work with the homeless or in TB clinics, others helped elementary school children by mentoring and providing health care. Many did research on such topics as autism, female genital mutilation and teenage pregnancies.
It also was striking to hear all the 148-member class had done before medical school. Missionary, construction worker, pilot. Tap dance instructor, computer technician, researcher. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, real estate broker, yoga teacher. Football player, pilot, member of the Brazilian presidential administration. Then there were the more expected jobs –nurses, emergency medical technicians and certified nursing assistants. Many had master's degrees, a few had doctorates.
Guest speaker Temple Grandin, PhD, a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism, emphasized the value of perseverance, while Dean Richard Krugman offered three tips for graduates as they enter their residency:
- Sit down and talk to patients before acting. "Focus on them, not on a computer screen."
- Treat students well. "No matter how you were treated by residents, nursing staff and faculty, be good to your students. Take care of your students."
- "Stay in touch with us."
Four generations of Hurleys have graduated from the School of Medicine. Kelsey Hurley Walker and her husband, Ely Walker, a fellow School of Medicine graduate, plan to practice family medicine like her ancestors have in southern Colorado.
The Dhaliwal brothers are making history at the School of Medicine this year. Ricky is the first student to graduate with degrees in medicine and law simlutaneously, while Jamie is one of the first two medical students to also graduate with a master's in public health.
A long family road trip to Honduras triggered Jeunesse Grenoble's interest in global health as a young girl.
Flying planes was the easy part, says David Mendel, who flew both commercially and with the military. Medical school was another story.