UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health Celebrate 2011 Convocations and Traditional Honoring Ceremony

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 6:00pm to Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 9:30am
DATES:                      THURSDAY, MAY 12; FRIDAY, MAY 13; SATURDAY, MAY 14
                                    (see times below)
 
LOCATIONS:           Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Centennial Hall and Student Union Memorial Center, UA Main Campus, Tucson; DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, Tucson; Temple of Music and Art, Tucson (see details below)
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UA College of Medicine Convocations (May 12, 13, 14):

 Doctors of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Thursday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
 
The first convocation for the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix marks the graduation of the first group of UA medical students to complete their entire four years of training in Phoenix, which previously had been the largest city in the nation without an allopathic (MD-granting) medical school.
 
The 24 students entered in 2007 after the school was begun as a way for the state to address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona. More than half of the first cohort of graduates will stay in Arizona for their residencies.
 
Keynote speaker will be Robert Spetzler, MD, world-renowned neurosurgeon and director of the Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, whose address is titled, “Don’t Forget to Smile.” Dr. Spetzler specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease, including aneurysms, skull base tumors and other brain malformations. He has been involved in pioneering the technique of hypothermia and cardiac arrest for the treatment of difficult brain lesions. He is believed to have treated more brain aneurysms than any other neurosurgeon in the world and is sought by many neurologists and neurosurgeons for his expertise on difficult neurosurgery cases.
 
Graduating student Casey Solem has been chosen by his classmates as the student speaker. Solem, a Scottsdale native whose father has been an emergency room physician, will be an emergency department resident at University Medical Center in Tucson beginning this summer.
 
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 Doctors of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Friday, May 13, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (reception follows, at approximately 5:30 p.m.)
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
(This event also will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu)
 
Christopher Leadem, PhD, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Leadem’s address is titled, “Adversity.” Dr. Leadem is associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee. Prior to joining the FSU College of Medicine in 2009, Dr. Leadem served as senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs for 18 years at the UA College of Medicine in Tucson, where he also was associate professor of cell biology and anatomy since 1983. In addition to overseeing the admissions process and all student services, with a particular emphasis on developing a strong student support system, he maintained an active teaching role in human gross anatomy and served as a facilitator in problem-based learning groups throughout the first year of the medical curriculum. At FSU, Dr. Leadem continues in those responsibilities and assists in teaching human anatomy.
 
Class speaker will be medical student Soroosh Behshad. Dr. Behshad will pursue a transitional residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
 
EDITORS/REPORTERS NOTE: Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine, will lead the graduating students in reciting the Hippocratic Oath at approximately 5 p.m. A reception immediately follows the convocation.
 
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Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology

(Advanced Degrees in Interdisciplinary and Biomedical Sciences ceremony)
Thursday, May 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m. (includes reception on the Life Sciences North Plaza)
University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
 
One student will receive a doctorate in medical pharmacology and three 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 Plaza.
 
The UA College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology’s Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology is one of the UA’s top graduate programs and recently was ranked in the top five percent of the nation’s medical pharmacology programs by the National Research Council.
 
The Medical Pharmacology Program is the first in the country with a dual track and a master of science degree in pharmacology and technical/clinical training in cardiovascular perfusion. This program incorporates the investigation of all aspects of extracorporeal circulation and prepares students for a wide range of professional practice in perfusion, including cardiovascular research, systems design and development, cardiopulmonary bypass and life support systems. For more information, visit the website www.perfusion.arizona.edu
 
The Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology and Perfusion Sciences includes internationally-recognized faculty from the UA Departments of Pharmacology and Surgery who have diverse clinical and research interests and multidisciplinary collaborations throughout the UA campus. For more information, visit the website www.pharmacology.arizona.edu
 
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 Physiology Undergraduates
Friday, May 13, Noon to 2 p.m. (reception follows)
UA Student Union Memorial Center, Grand Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
 
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.
 
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UA College of Pharmacy Convocation

Friday, May 13, 8 to 10 a.m. (reception follows)
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
(This event also will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu)
 
PharmD, MS and PhD graduates of the College – currently rated as one of the nation’s top pharmacy colleges in “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” compiled by U.S. News and World Report – will be hooded and degrees conferred by UA President Robert N. Shelton and UA Vice President for Health Affairs William Crist, MD.
 
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UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Convocation

Friday, May 13, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (reception follows, approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
 
Five graduates will receive bachelor of science in health sciences degrees; 12 will receive bachelor of science with a major in public health; 48 will receive master of public health degrees; one will receive a master of science in epidemiology; two will receive master of science in environmental health sciences degrees; and three will receive doctorates in epidemiology.
 
Keynote speaker is James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, dean emeritus and professor emeritus, UA College of Medicine, and executive director, The Weil Foundation.
 
Reception for graduates, family and friends follows in the courtyard. 
 
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UA College of Nursing Convocation

Friday, May 13, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
 
Graduates will receive baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing, and awards will be presented. The College will award its first dual-degree PhD and DNP (doctor of nursing practice), three PhDs, four DNPs, one master’s and 56 baccalaureate degrees.
 
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Traditional Honoring Ceremony

for Native American graduates of the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Saturday, May 14, 7 to 9:30 a.m.
Arizona Health Sciences Center, Hippocrates courtyard (south of UA College of Medicine), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
 
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 UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
 
The students, their families and friends; Arizona Health Sciences Center faculty, administration and staff; American Indian Tribal representatives; and American Indian alumni partake in an American Indian ceremony offered by a local traditional healer.
 
Native American graduates who will participate in this year’s Traditional Honoring Ceremony include:
  • Alana Fred (Navajo), UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
  • Stacy Godwin (Alaska Native), UA College of Nursing.
  • Donovan Williams (Navajo), UA College of Medicine. Donovan is an active member of the Association of Native American Medical Students and will pursue a residency in internal medicine at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Ariz.
The ceremony is coordinated by the UA Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and the UA-Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program, with support from Michael Stoklos and the Stoklos Native American Health Education Fund at the UA. Special thanks to Pascua Yaqui tribe 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).