School of Medicine holds hooding ceremony

Class of 2009 enjoys commencement ceremony, prepares for residency

RENO, Nev. — Commencement ceremonies for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Class of 2009 were held this afternoon at Lawlor Events Center in Reno. The 51 graduating students celebrated completion of their medical education by receiving their academic hoods and reciting the Hippocratic Oath, which reaffirms their commitment to the medical profession.

Jackson Streeter, M.D., an alumnus from the Class of 1988 and founder and executive chairman of the San Diego-based biomedical engineering firm PhotoThera, served as the ceremony keynote speaker.

The Class of 2009 will have a short break before they begin their residency training programs across the country in July. This year's graduating class continued Nevada's tradition of placing in some of the nation's most competitive residency programs. Fifty students matched with more than 30 different residency institutions across the nation and will enter specialties ranging from anesthesiology to otolaryngology.

Nine graduates, or 18 percent of the class, will stay in the state to enter into residency programs offered through the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Nearly one-quarter of this year's graduating class matched with residency programs not currently offered within the state. Students matching with some of the most competitive residency training programs include placements with University of Michigan, the Mayo Clinic, Oregon health and Science University, Baylor College and the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2009, the School of Medicine honored several faculty and community members who have supported the philosophy and goals of the medical school and have made significant contributions to the health care field in Nevada.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.