UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health Celebrate 2012 Convocations

Second convocation for UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
EVENTS: UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health Celebrate 2012 Convocations
Second convocation for UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
 
DATES: WEDNESDAY, MAY 9; THURSDAY, MAY 10, FRIDAY, MAY 11
(see times below)
 
LOCATIONS: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix
Centennial Hall, UA Main Campus, Tucson
Crowder Hall, UA Main Campus, Tucson
Student Union Memorial Center, UA Main Campus, Tucson
DuVal Auditorium, The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Tucson
Temple of Music and Art, Tucson
(see details below)
 
UA College of Medicine Convocations (May 9, 10, 11):
 
Doctors of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Wednesday, May 9, procession 3 p.m., ceremony 3:30 to 5 p.m.
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, 550 E. Van Buren; Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Third Floor, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix
 
MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: The procession, with a bagpipe and drum corps, begins at 3 p.m. on the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix campus. Media are asked to be in the audience area for the commencement ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center by 3:15 p.m. Participants are available for interviews; please contact Al Bravo, Office of Public Affairs, 602-827-2022.
 
Led by a bagpipe and drum corps, 40 UA College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students will process through downtown Phoenix to commencement exercises. The convocation marks the graduation of the second group of UA medical students to complete their entire four years of training in Phoenix, which prior to 2007 had been the largest city in the nation without an allopathic (MD-granting) medical school.
 
The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix was begun as a way for the state to address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona. The Class of 2012 includes 40 graduates: 21 women and 19 men. More than half of the first and second cohort of graduates are staying in Arizona for their residencies and a similar number are pursuing primary care specialties.
 
Keynote speaker will be Rick Myers, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents. Regent Myers was appointed to an eight-year term in January 2010; he was elected chair earlier this year. Myers worked for IBM for 25 years, serving as vice president and general manager of IBM Tucson before retiring in 2003. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Critical Path Institute and was its chief operating officer for more than three years. He sits on numerous other boards and was given the Greater Tucson Leadership “Community Leadership Award” in 2004.
 
Graduating student Zachary Ortiz has been chosen by his classmates as the student speaker. Originally from New Mexico, Ortiz moved to Arizona and established his in-state residency while teaching high school biology in Phoenix in the “Teach for America” program. He will pursue a residency in family medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.
 
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Doctors of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
Friday, May 11, 3:30 to approximately 5:30-6 p.m. (reception begins about 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)
 
The UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2012 includes 105 graduates: 63 women, 42 men, 14 Hispanic students and one Native American student. Nearly half will go into primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics); nearly a third will pursue residencies in Arizona.
 
Keynote speaker will be Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States; distinguished professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; and vice chairman, Canyon Ranch. Dr. Carmona’s address is titled “A Surgeon General’s Perspective on Global Threats and Exceptional Opportunities.” Dr. Carmona was born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City. He experienced homelessness, hunger and health disparities during his youth. The experiences greatly sensitized him to the relationships among culture, health, education and economic status and shaped his future. Dr. Carmona’s resume includes being a medic, registered nurse, hospital CEO, police and fire department medical director, trauma surgeon, SWAT team leader, U.S. Army Special Forces soldier and university professor. He also is the founding director of Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. After being nominated as 17th U.S. Surgeon General in 2002, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
 
Today, Dr. Carmona is vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, CEO of Canyon Ranch Health division, and president of Canyon Ranch Institute. He is a distinguished professor of public health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and UA professor of surgery and pharmacy. He also has dozens of professional affiliations and serves on the boards of directors of several national corporations.
 
Class speaker will be medical student Alok Patel, whose address is titled, “Not on the First Date, Doc.” Patel will pursue a residency in pediatrics at University of Washington-affiliated hospitals in Seattle.
 
EDITORS/REPORTERS NOTE: At approximately 5-5:30 p.m., Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will lead the graduating students in reciting the Hippocratic Oath. 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 10, 7 to 9:30 p.m. (reception follows)
The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
 
Two students will receive a doctorate in medical pharmacology; one will receive a master of science degree 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. (In addition, the Department of Pharmacology has three students who will receive a doctorate and one who will receive a master of science degree in medical pharmacology who will not be attending the ceremony.) Reception follows in the Life Sciences North Courtyard.
 
The UA College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology’s Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology is one of the top graduate programs at the UA and recently was ranked in the top 5 percent of the nation’s medical pharmacology programs by the National Research Council. The program 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. For more information, visit the website www.pharmacology.arizona.edu
 
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Physiology Undergraduates
Friday, May 11, 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.
 
Graduates include Bianca Elena Barcelo, who will receive a bachelor of health science in physiology. She also is graduating with a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology and a minor in Spanish. Barcelo has been accepted to the MD-PhD Program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and will begin her medical studies in August. She was an undergraduate research assistant in the UA Department of Physiology (www.physiology.arizona.edu), where her research focused on toxicology effects of arsenic on lung epithelial cells. As a trainee in the UA’s Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, she presented her research at national conferences. She also was an Amgen Scholar at Stanford University, where her research encompassed characterization of transmembrane proteins essential to cell adhesion and cell movement.
 
Barcelo’s ability to speak English and Spanish fluently allowed her to interpret for her grandparents at doctors’ appointments and to work as a volunteer at Clinica Armistad, a health clinic staffed by volunteers who provide free health care to the uninsured in the Tucson community who do not have access to medical services. These experiences piqued her interest in working with patients and led her to her double major with a minor in Spanish. Her interest in research developed from her participation in the UA Graduate College’s Minority Health Disparities (MHD) Undergraduate Summer Research program. She encourages other students to “try their best and never give up if that’s what you want to do.”
 
 
UA College of Pharmacy Convocation
Friday, May 11, 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 top in the nation among colleges of pharmacy in America’s Best Graduate Schools compiled by U.S. News and World Report – will be hooded and degrees conferred by UA President Eugene Sander.
 
UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Convocation
Friday, May 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (reception follows, approximately 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
 
Fifty-one graduates will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in public health; 69 will receive master of public health degrees; two will receive a master of science in biostatistics; one will receive a master of science in environmental health sciences degree; one will receive a doctor of public health degree with a concentration in maternal and child health; and one will receive a doctorate in epidemiology.
 
Keynote speaker is Mark Smolinski, MD, MPH, director of Global Health Threats, Skoll Global Threats Fund, and an alumnus of the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
 
Reception for graduates, family and friends follows in the courtyard.
 
UA College of Nursing Convocation
Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
 
Graduates will receive baccalaureate, and doctoral degrees in nursing, and awards will be presented. The College will award six PhDs, three DNPs (doctor of nursing practice) and 51 baccalaureate degrees.