UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health Celebrate 2010 Convocations

Thursday, May 13, 2010 (All day) to Saturday, May 15, 2010 (All day)
EVENTS:                   UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health Celebrate 2010 Convocations
                                    All four colleges have Native American graduates; College of Nursing has a fourth-generation nursing graduate
DATES:                      THURSDAY, MAY 13; FRIDAY, MAY 14; SATURDAY, MAY 15
                                    (see times below)
LOCATIONS:           Centennial Hall and Student Union Memorial Center, University of Arizona Main Campus; DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center; Temple of Music and Art, Tucson (see locations below)
*  UA College of Medicine Convocations (May 13, 14, 15)
Doctors of Medicine
Friday, May 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus
(This event also will be broadcast live on the Internet at
Daniel E. Shapiro, PhDDaniel E. Shapiro, PhD, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Shapiro’s address is titled “Repaying the Debt.”
One of four endowed Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professors of Medical Humanism in the country, Dr. Shapiro is professor and chair of the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Penn., the oldest such department in the country.
He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Florida and went on to Harvard Medical School where he completed an internship and an endowed post-doctoral fellowship focused on counseling approaches with medical patients. For 13 years he was on the faculty as associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona, where he directed the medical humanities program and won teaching awards for his work with residents, interns and medical students. Projects he initiated at the UA College of Medicine include Art Aloud, the mission and vision statement for incoming medical students, Monday Movie Madness and the Video Slam Project, a unique elective course for second-year medical students in which they interviewed patients with chronic illnesses and created short documentaries about the patients’ lives.
Dr. Shapiro’s research and writing focus on the patient experience and medical education. He has written two books: one about his personal cancer experience, “Mom’s Marijuana” (which has been translated into Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian) and a second memoir, “Delivering Doctor Amelia,” which focuses on his psychological treatment of a physician. Both books are in wide use at universities and colleges and are required reading at a number of medical schools. Among others, his writings about the patient experience and physician-patient relationships have been featured in the New York Times, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Academic Medicine and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He is a regular weekly consultant to the hit television shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” where he works to embed public health messages in network television.
Beth Clark RanneyClass speaker will be medical student Beth Clark Ranney, whose address is titled, “The Numbers.”
EDITORS/REPORTERS NOTE: At about 7 p.m., the graduating students will recite the Hippocratic Oath, led by William Adamás-Rappaport, MD, associate professor of surgery, UA College of Medicine. A reception immediately follows the convocation.
Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology
(Advanced Degrees in Interdisciplinary and Biomedical Sciences ceremony)
Thursday, May 13, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Four students will receive doctorates in medical pharmacology and four students will receive master of science degrees in medical pharmacology with a focus in perfusion science during the “Advanced Degrees in Interdisciplinary and Biomedical Sciences” ceremony. Reception follows in the Life Sciences North Courtyard.
The UA College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology’s Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology is the first in the country that is structured with a dual track resulting in a master of science degree in medical pharmacology, plus the technical and clinical training in cardiovascular perfusion. This integrated graduate research program incorporates the investigation of pharmacological, biomaterials, laboratory and clinical aspects of extracorporeal circulation. The discipline prepares students for professional practice in perfusion with a wide range of experiences, including: cardiovascular research, systems design and development, cardiopulmonary bypass and life support systems. The Arizona Health Sciences Center is an outstanding site for this integrated approach, due to its research and clinical strengths in pharmacology, open-heart surgery, heart transplantation, artificial heart and related engineering sciences. The Graduate Program in Perfusion Sciences has faculty members from the UA Departments of Pharmacology and Surgery who are internationally recognized with diverse clinical and research interests. The research facilities are equipped and staffed to provide an excellent opportunity for a superb graduate research experience.
Native American Graduates
Traditional Honoring Ceremony
Saturday, May 15, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Arizona Health Sciences Center, Hippocrates courtyard, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Native American graduates who will participate in the Traditional Honoring Ceremony include Naomi Jean Young, Navajo, with the UA College of Medicine. Naomi is an active member of the Association of Native American Medical Students and will pursue a residency in family medicine at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.
Other graduating Native American students who will attend the ceremony include Francine Woman Dress, MPH, Ho-Chunk/Oglala Lakota, with the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
The Traditional Honoring Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of graduating American Indian/Alaskan Native students from the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and the UAMel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The students, their families and friends; ArizonaHealth Sciences Center faculty, administration and staff; American Indian Tribal representatives; andAmerican Indian alumni partake in an American Indian ceremony offered by a local traditional healer.The ceremony is coordinated by the UA Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and the UA-InterTribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program, with support from Michael Stoklosand the Stoklos Native American Health Education Fund at the UA, and special thanks to Pascua Yaquitribe member and traditional healer Pete Flores and family, and Carlos Gonzales, MD, and family (Dr. Gonzales is director of UA-ITCA INMED and clinical associate professor in the UA College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine).
Physiology Undergraduates
Saturday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UA Student Union Memorial Center, Grand Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus
Graduating seniors receiving the bachelor of science in health sciences degree with a major in physiology will be recognized. Various awards will be presented. Reception follows.
UA College of Pharmacy Convocation
Friday, May 14, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus
(This event also will be broadcast live on the Internet at
PharmD, MS and PhD graduates of the UA College of Pharmacy – ranked number nine in the nation in America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010 – will be hooded and degrees conferred by UA President Robert N. Shelton and UA Vice President for Health Affairs William Crist. Reception follows.
UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Convocation
Friday, May 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
Thirteen undergraduates will receive bachelor of science in health sciences degrees; 46 graduates will receive master of public health degrees.
Bill CarnegieBill Carnegie, president and chief executive officer, Community Food Bank, is the keynote speaker.
Reception for graduates, family and friends follows in the courtyard. 
* College of Nursing Convocation
Friday, May 14, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus
Graduates will receive baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing, and awards will be presented. The UA College of Nursing will award seven PhDs (of colleges offering PhD nursing degrees, the national average awarded in an academic year is four), two DNPs (doctor of nursing practice), 27 master’s and 53 baccalaureate degrees. A fourth-generation nursing student, Sarah Kahn, will receive her baccalaureate degree, and four Native Americans will receive degrees: Charlene I. Davis (Navajo), Charlene V. Parrish (Navajo) and Kelly R. Walden (Hopi, Pima, Gila River), all bachelor of science degrees; and Norria M. Brice, RN, BSN (Navajo), master of science in nursing degree.