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SIU School of Medicine Office of Public Affairs - Aspects Volume 36 No. 3 Graduation 2013


SIU Graduates Seventy-Eight Physicians, Two Scientists

Graduation Speaker 2013 Jim Edgar

Seventy-eight new physicians and two scientists graduated from SIU School of Medicine on May 18, 2013.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar gave the keynote address. He currently is a distinguished fellow with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.

During the ceremony, Amelia E. Frank, M.D., class chair from Springfield, delivered remarks on behalf of the graduates. Jarrod Wall, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Surgery, read the Hippocratic Oath, and Gary Rull, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, hooded the graduates. Erik Constance, M.D., associate dean for student affairs, presented the candidates for graduation, and J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., dean and provost, awarded diplomas to the medical students and conferred the degrees.

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Awards and Honors

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards were awarded to John D. Mellinger, M.D., and Brittany Obert, M.D. These honors are given to a faculty member and a graduating senior who demonstrate compassion, respect for patients and families and clinical excellence. The award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Susan Hingle, M.D., professor of internal medicine, clerkship director and associate residency program director, received the Golden Apple Award, which is given to a faculty member chosen by the graduating class for excellence in teaching.

Nancy Henry, DVM, instructor in the department of anatomy, was given the honor of Carbondale Teacher of the Year.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumna is Dr. Kim Keppler-Noreuil, ‘89, senior staff clinical scientist at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

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Commencement 2013

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