White Coat Ceremony 2023

New students begin medical training at Southern Illinois University

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A White Coat ceremony at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine celebrated the new students in the Class of 2027 who have begun pursuing medical degrees to care for the people of central and southern Illinois and beyond.

During the August 11 event in Carbondale’s Shryock Auditorium, students received their white coats to begin their journeys to become physicians. The learners spend the first year of training on the Carbondale campus and years 2-4 in Springfield. (Eight students in the Lincoln Scholars program spend all four years downstate.)

SIU Medicine Associate Dean for Student Affairs Haneme Idrizi, MD; SIU System President Daniel Mahony, PhD; and Wendi El-Amin, MD, associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion, delivered remarks to the group. Amanda Mulch, MD, Class of 2003 and assistant dean of student affairs, announced the students' names, while Drs. Idrizi and El-Amin presented them with white coats on behalf of the Alumni Society.

Debra Klamen, MD, MHPE, senior associate dean for education and curriculum and chair of the Department of Medical Education at SIU Medicine, led the students in reading the Physician’s Pledge. The keynote speaker was Doug Carlson, MD, Class of 1984 and the chair of pediatrics at the school of medicine.

The White Coat Ceremony is designed to establish a commitment to professionalism and empathy in medicine and takes place at most U.S. medical schools each fall. In her welcome to the class, Dr. Idrizi said the coat “is a symbol of our commitment to serve humanity and always to remember to offer compassionate, respectful and collaborative care to our patients. Essentially, what we will help teach these future clinicians is that doctors should care as well as cure.”

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 3,232 physicians since the first class in 1975.

Photos of the students are available upon request.

Class of 2027 students, hometowns & parents/spouse, grouped by regions

Josianne Becker                Morton                           Robert and Evelyn Becker            
Anthony Brown                  Chatham                 V. Scott Brown and Lilia Brown+ spouse Samantha Brown
Jack Carnduff                     Springfield                    Brad and Joan Carnduff
Collin Fricke                         Peoria                           Lyle Fricke and Mary Fricke + spouse Abby Fricke
Lydia Fulton                         Staunton                       Robert and Lucinda Fulton          
Evan Gustafson                   New Berlin                    Joel and Amy Gustafson
Amy Lee                              Peoria                            Eric and Catherine Lee  
Morgan Lenz                       Jacksonville                   Tom and Kim Lenz          
Josie Long                           Springfield                     Scott and Rae Long + spouse Jackson Blough
Sophia MacLean                 Morton                           John and Janet MacLean + spouse Karsten Mohn
Caitlyn McCracken             Marquette Heights      Paul and Christy McCracken       
Cade Meiss                         Eureka                          Trent and Lucille Meiss  
Tyler Meng                          Springfield                      Phil Meng and Julie Meng           
Anjali Patel                          Springfield                      Samir and Reshma Patel              
Seth Redpath                      Williamsville                  Earl and Carol Redpath  
Divinity Rhodes                 Springfield                    Amy Rhodes      
Sid Saxena                          Peoria                            Samir and Nibha Saxena
Faris Shaikh                        Springfield                      Riaz and Shaista Shaikh 
Tayli Shekleton                   Springfield                      Daniel and Tiffani Shekleton       
Malik Siddique                     Springfield                      Sohail Siddique and Mona Ahsan              
Kodi Smith                           Taylorville                      Dennis and Diana Smith
Sophia Suchomski              Bunker Hill                     Francis and Rebecca Suchomski 
Elahson Swanson               Pekin                             Eric and Elisha Swanson
Dylan Thompson                Springfield                      James Thompson and Rebecca Hill          
Jessica Tilton                       Washington                   Robert and Teresa Tilton             
Emma Trapp                        Springfield                      William Trapp and Ann Robert   
Alexander Vorreyer           Springfield                      Joseph Vorreyer and Jennifer Vorreyer   

EASTERN ILLINOIS                                                                      
Matthew Carroll               Bourbonnais                Patrick and Kelly Carroll              
Charlotte Jordan             Mahomet                       Paul Jordan and Jodi Albert         
Najah Khan                      Forsyth                          Muhammad and Deeba Khan     
Angel Lopez                    Gilman                          Kathy Martinez 
Claire Robinson              Galesburg                     Mark Robinson and Jody Breuer
Jessica Sheelam             Bloomington                 Kanakaraj and Maria Sheelam    
Jake Walters                   Champaign                    Robert and Paula Walters            

NORTHERN ILLINOIS                                                                 
Samia Abdul-Qadir            Naperville                      Abdul and Sabina Abdul-Qadir+ spouse Imadh Khan
Adetolani Adeyefa             Lynwood                        Adegoke and Oluwayemisi Adeyefa         
Mark Arroyo                       Minooka                        Carlito and Cynthia Arroyo          
Duilio Cervantes-Medina  Chicago                         Serafin and Maria Guadalupe Cervantes
Jonathan Chan                   Oswego                        Fung and Louisa Chan    
Kymberly Harrington         New Lenox                     Marcus and Kymberly Harrington             
Kamia Jones                      Chicago                          Michael and Tyra Jones 
Madelynn Marunde           Belvidere                        Emil and Sandra Marunde            
Khadijah Olowu                  Chicago                         Charles Chester and Rashidat Olowu       
Manuel Partida                   Chicago                         Elena Manzo     
Tatum Pyszka                     Peru                              Mark and Kris Pyszka     
Guadalupe Ruiz                 Waukegan                      Jose and Maria Guadalupe Ruiz 
David Salami                     Chicago                         Olalekan and Ebunoluwa Salami + spouse Tishauna Salami

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS                                                                  
Kenan Abed Mahmoud     Carbondale                   Issa Abed and Mona Shehada   
Parker Allen                       Edwardsville                  James Allen and Victoria Rehkop              
Rebecca Corzine                O'Fallon                         Susan Jenner     
Nolan Denton                      Belleville                        Terry Denton and Julie Denton  
Austin Farmer                     Shiloh                             Bob and Christina Farmer            
Hannah Feldt                      Shiloh                             Jason and Autumn Caraway + spouse Ryan Feldt
Kassidy Funke                    Godfrey                          Kelly and Tracy Funke    
Hannah Gahagan               Murphysboro                 Michael and Nikki Gahagan         
Natalyn Gorazd                  O’Fallon                         Rich Gorazd and Mary Gorazd    
Julia Hardiek                       Teutopolis                      Karla Hardiek and the late Jack Hardiek  
Alanna Kaminsky                Edwardsville                  Loren Kaminsky and Dr. Joanna Janas-Kaminsky
Katelyn Kohlberg                Smithton                         Ken and Sara Kohlberg   
Alex Kowalski                      Effingham                     David Kowalski and Lisa Kowalski + spouse Katelyn Hale
Ruth Kvistad                        New Baden                    Eric and Shari Kvistad     
Tierney Lanter                    Belleville                         Jeffrey and Marcy Lanter             
Carson Lewis                      Edwardsville                  Ryan and Rachel Lewis  
Bailey Meyer                       Smithton                         Eric and Christina Meyer              
Parth Patel                          Collinsville                      Pragnesh and Mina Patel             
Zachary Patterson              Belleville                         Dana and Andrea Patterson+ spouse Kaitlin Wieberg
Lana Sawar                        Carbondale                    Amar and Rahaf Sallouha             
Taylor Shoraga                   West Frankfort             Dan and Leslie Shoraga + spouse Andrew Kent
Hannah Wickham               Edwardsville                  Rick Wickham and Belinda Carstens-Wickham
Ananya Yaganti                  O’Fallon                         Srinivasarao and Anita Yaganti   

WESTERN ILLINOIS                                                                    
Emily Baalman                    Hardin                            Matthew and Michelle Baalman
Sydney Ohrtmann              Macomb                         Timothy and Alice Ohrtmann      
Jared Salrin                         Quincy                           Steve and Julie Salrin     
Benjamin Whittaker          Quincy                           Kenneth and Julia Whittaker + spouse Rileigh Cann

OUT OF STATE                                                                             
Jessica Griffin                      Wichita, KS                   Junius Griffin and Patricia Griffin             
Alsten Jones                        Columbia, SC                Cynthia Jones    
Raheel Makhani                  Carrollton, TX                Rafiq and Shahina Makhani         
Sydney Marshall               Loma Linda, CA             Edward and Melissa Marshall     
Tafanie Roye                       New Britain, CT            Jannett Forbes  
Evelyn Veliz                         Brooklyn, NY                 Pedro and Dolores Veliz
Destiny Walker                   Sedalia, MO                  Marcellus Walker and Alicia Jackson

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