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SIU Welcomes Class of 2021 with White Coat Ceremony

August 18, 2017

Seventy-four medical students began their medical training last week at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale. The students participated in a “White Coat Ceremony” on Friday, August 11, in Shryock Auditorium.

During the ceremony, Debra Klamen, MD, MHPE, senior associate dean for education and curriculum and chair of the Department of Medical Education, welcomed the students and read the Hippocratic Oath.

Wendi Wills El-Amin, MD, associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion, presented the medical students. Elizabeth Cavanagh, MD, an anesthesiologist in St. Louis and a member of the Class of 1998, gave the students their first white coat, which is provided by the school’s Alumni Society. The students also received a pin containing the words “Compassion, Respect and Integrity” from the SIU Foundation.

Tracy Lower, MD, professor of pediatrics, provided the keynote address, presented by Erik Constance, MD, associate dean for student affairs. Lower received the school’s 2016 Humanism in Medicine Award.

Most of the students are from the southern two-thirds of the state, says Constance, a 1988 graduate. The class has 37 males and 37 females.

The White Coat Ceremony is designed to establish a “psychological contract for professionalism and empathy” in medicine and is held at most US medical schools each fall.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is based in Springfield and Carbondale and focused on the health care needs of downstate Illinois. It educates physicians to practice in Illinois communities and has graduated more than 2,800 physicians since the first class in 1975.

Class of 2021 students, parents and hometowns:

Nasrah Acheampong, daughter of Issah Kwame and Samea Acheampong of Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana

Treshawn Anthony, spouse of Brian Davis of Hazelcrest and daughter of Tremayne Anthony and Michelle Hairl of Lansing

Sai Balasubramanian, son of Balasubramanian Ganesh and Bhuvana Balasubramanian of Plano, Texas

Jace Battrell, son of Mark Battrell of Wilmette and Carol Ysla of Chicago

John Belz, son of John and Lisa Belz of Springfield

Brandon Blewett, son of William and Kelly Blewett of Carbondale

Ryan Bowman, son of Rosa Bowman of Quincy

Kristen Cecil, daughter of Jay and Jill Bruce of Marion

Rachel Christopherson, daughter of Jeff and Indu Christopherson of Normal

Jasmine Davila, daughter of Jose and Eva Davila of Moline

Bailey Flamm, daughter of Richard and Cindy Flamm of Cobden

Abbie Fox, daughter of Shawn Fox of East Peoria and Beth Hayes of Morton

Travis Fulk, son of Steven and Cheryl Fulk of Effingham

Robert Gause-Wills, son of Therman and Brenda Wills of Lansing, Mich.

Molly Geraghty, daughter of James A. and Mary Clare Geraghty of Peoria

Kelly Gorrell, daughter of Azliyati Azizan of Tampa, Fla.

Tayler Grabner, daughter of Winston and Tina Grabner of Litchfield

Rebecca Griffon, daughter of David and Myra Griffon of Godfrey

Christine Grubb, daughter of Edward and Julie Grubb of Belleville

Quentin Guillory, son of Karen Guillory-West of Lake Charles, La.

Hannah Gutzwiller, daughter of Jeffrey and Annette Gutzwiller of Peoria

Gregory Harpring, son of Jeff and Nancy Harpring of Sherman

Bredesen Hartmann, son of Kent and Shawn Hartmann of Centralia

Bailey Hester, daughter of Brad and Michele Hester of Salem

Shemariah Israel, son of Eluzai Israel and Audrey Moore-Israel, both of North Chicago

Jasmine James, daughter of Jo Ann Matory of Carmel, Ind.

Moosa Kamran, son of Muhammad and Seema Kamran of Carbondale

Leighton Kraft, son of William and Carolyn Kraft of Kankakee

Grace Kumor, daughter of Stan and Marcie Kumor of Morris

Katherine Lincoln, daughter of Craig and Diane Lincoln of Morris

Mustafa Mahmood, son of Maher and Wafa Mahood of Smithton

Manish Mandava, son of Venkateswara and Manasi Mandava of Normal

Sophia Matos, daughter of Gabor and Judit Matos of Springfield

Zach McCallips, son of Mike and Amy McCallips of Durand

Andrew McClintock, son of Roger and Mary Beth McClintock of Rochester

Tyler McGowan, spouse of Michaela McGowan of Harrisburg and son of Kyle and Debbie McGowan of Harrisburg

Puja Mehta, daughter of Parul Mehta of Harrisburg

Megan Meinke, daughter of Lawrence and Karen Meinke of Edwards

Amber Meyer, daughter of James and Rinda Meyer of Oakland

Roxana Moraga, daughter of Reinaldo Moraga and Jeannette Baez of DeKalb

Maria Mosley, daughter of Drs. Robert and Katherine Hild-Mosley of Springfield

Ryan Mueller, son of Leland and Wendy Mueller of Maeystown

Alexandria Mullink, daughter of Steve and Brandie Mullink of Girard

Brett Nelson, son of Tim and Stephanie Nelson of Carlinville

Anthony Nestler, son of Tony Nestler of Springfield and Beth Nestler of Chicago

Nicholas Nosbisch, son of Mike and Mindy Nosbisch of Effingham

Michael Oltman, son of Stephen and Cynthia Oltman of Edwardsville

Zachary Paquin of Urbana, son of James Patten and Vicki Paquin

Payal Patel, daughter of Prakash and Pratima Patel of Kankakee

Rachel Plantholt, daughter of Mike and Kate Plantholt of Normal

Adam Riggs, son of Daniel and Ginger Riggs of Quincy

Matthew Riley, son of Todd Riley of Aviston and Susan Riley of Columbia

Rukmini Roy, daughter of Dr. Vijay and Sapana Roy of Bloomington, Ind.

Benjamin Ryan, son of Jeffrey and Laurie of Washington

Michael Sabo, son of John and Jane Sabo of Shiloh

Bethany Salm, daughter of Brent and Debra Salm of Normal

Rachel Schmalshof, daughter of Karen Schmalshof of Auburn and the late Brent Schmalshof

Sarah Schuh, daughter of Bill and Kim Schuh of Mahomet

Stephanie Short, daughter of Keith Short of Edwardsville and Cyndi Talley of Murphysboro

Roberta Steinert, daughter of Linda Cross of Normal

Connor Stephenson, son of John and Lisa Stephenson of Salem

Audra Storm, daughter of Steve and Verna Storm of Edelstein

Skyler Taylor, son of Jeff and Sonya Taylor of Marana, Ariz.

Chad Thompson, son of Jim and Michelle Thompson of Quincy

Ashay Vaidya, son of Udesh and Medha Vaidya of Bloomington

Claire Varney, daughter of Dr. Andrew and Carol Varney of Springfield

Emily Wade, daughter of Trev Wade of Stonington and Catherine Wade of Taylorville

Morgan Watts, daughter of Mike and Paula Watts of Waldorf, Md.

Alexandria Wellman, daughter of Dr. Richard Wellman and Catherine Wellman, JD, LLM, of Bloomington

Kyle Whittington, son of Greg and Jill Whittington of Elkville

Patrick Wieland, son of John and Kathleen Wieland of Bloomington

Alexander Worix, son of Vance and Dr. Cheryl Anthony-Worix of Crete

William Yarnell of Fairfield

Kevin Yum, son of Eul Kgun and Soon Ja Yum of Dajeon, South Korea