81 Students to Receive Medical Degrees on May 8
Distinguished pediatric gastroenterologist and founding faculty member, Mitchell Shub, MD, will share his 35 years of experience as a physician and College of Medicine – Phoenix professor as commencement speaker at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Class of 2017 graduation ceremony.
Dr. Shub is currently the chair of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Department of Child Health and is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“I want to impart to this graduating class a little bit about where we came from,” Dr. Shub said. “I will also want to talk about the skills all physicians should possess, which include perseverance, honesty and kindness.”
This year’s commencement will begin at 3:30 p.m. on May 8 at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. In keeping with the tradition of the college, faculty and graduating medical students will be led by a bagpipe band as they process in full regalia from the Phoenix Biomedical Campus to Symphony Hall.
Graduation marks the completion of the students’ medical school journey, where they are formally awarded their doctor of medicine degrees, signaling the beginning of the next stage of their careers.
One-third of this year’s class of 81 will stay in Arizona for their residency training, while 51 students will train outside of the state at prestigious programs such as Stanford University, Duke University Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and UCLA Medical Center.
“We are immensely proud of the Class of 2017,” said Interim Dean Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD. “They embody everything a physician should have: compassion, empathy and the drive to be the best physicians they can possibly be.”
When the medical college opened its doors in 2007, Arizona was suffering from a severe physician shortage. In just 10 years, the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has graduated 355 physicians, including this class.
Dr. Shub said he never imagined that the College would progress so quickly.
“We began having our first meetings in 1997, and I remember talking about the possibility of becoming a four-year medical school,” he said. “Did I anticipate it would look like this in 20 years? No, but we certainly hoped for this.”
“As one of the founding faculty of this school, the sense of pride I feel is overwhelming,” he said.