Commemorating the 2017 Graduation Season

by ANNA WILLIAMS

MD Class of 2017 Celebrates Commencement

During Feinberg’s 158th medical school commencement ceremony, Timothy Sita, ’17 MD, ’17 PhD, reflected on his seven-year journey at Feinberg and looked forward to his future as a physician-scientist.

“I feel a mixture of gratitude and humility. Looking around the auditorium, I’m surrounded by friends, family and faculty — without their support, I wouldn’t be here celebrating the completion of these degrees,” Sita said. During the ceremony, he was hooded by his wife, Elizabeth Sita, ’14 MD, whom he met during their first week of medical school in 2010.

Above: The graduates recited the Declaration of Geneva, the modern version of the physician’s oath, that same one they took as first-year medical students. View more photos from commencement here

“I also feel a bit humbled by the challenges that still lie ahead,” said Sita, who will begin a residency in radiation oncology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. “Medicine and research are constantly changing, and I know there’s plenty left to learn and master.”

The ceremony, held May 22 in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, began with an introduction by Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. Then Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, dean and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Duke University School of Medicine, delivered the commencement address. She encouraged graduates to become leaders in medicine and to continue to stand up for the values of science and truth.

“You have chosen a remarkable profession. You can do everything from treating earthquake victims in Nepal to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. You will become part of your patients’ lives in the most intimate way, and you will use your skills and talents to change their lives for the better. But in my view, being a physician comes with an added responsibility,” Andrews said. “We need your leadership to make sure that the decisions affecting the health and well-being of our society are based on critical review of the best available evidence.”

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PA Students Receive Diplomas

On May 13, the 29 members of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program’s Class of 2017 received their Master of Medical Science degrees. The students took the PA Oath, pledging to place their patients’ health and welfare first and to continue to expand their knowledge and skills in the pursuit of the highest standards of professionalism.

DPT Class of 2017 Graduates

Ninety-one students in Feinberg’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program graduated April 21, at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom.

Pictured, left to right: Jules Dewald, PT, PhD, chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences; DPT/PhD Dean’s Award Recipients Anita Nayo Hill, DPT, PhD, Mark Hoggarth, DPT, PhD, and Victor Joe Kopke, DPT, PhD; and Robert Rosa, MD, vice dean for regulatory affairs.

Left to right: Marjorie Johnson Hilliard, PT, EdD, associate chair of professional education; Clinical Education Award Recipients Liesel von Gontard, DPT, and Rachel Krupski, DPT; and Krista Van Der Laan, PT, DPT, assistant chair of clinical education.