Fall 2009
Hooded Heroes

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Charles Sonderegger and Justin Sonderegger

Charles Sonderegger, M.D.'77, center, hooded his son, Justin Sonderegger, left. Photo by Jean Dixon.

New Physicians Join Medical Profession

Story by Laura Levin

The 51 members of the Class of 2009 celebrated completing their undergraduate medical education at commencement ceremonies on May 15 at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

Jackson Streeter, M.D.’88, founder and chief scientific officer of the San Diego-based biomedical engineering firm PhotoThera, served as the ceremony keynote speaker. Streeter has received recognition from BusinessWeek and the Adaptive Business Leaders of Southern California.

He reminisced over some of his own experiences, congratulated the class for their accomplishments, joked lightheartedly about the many challenges ahead and inspired the class with thoughts of the future.

The Class of 2009 continued Nevada’s tradition of placing in some of the nation’s most competitive residency programs.

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 physician 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 in Nevada. Students matched with some of the most competitive residency training programs including the University of Michigan, the Mayo Clinic, Oregon Health and Science University, Baylor College and the University of Wisconsin.

Three of this year’s graduates were hooded by their parents who also attended the School of Medicine: Fred Lee, M.D.’81, hooded his son, Thomas Lee, M.D.’09; Donald McGee, M.D., Class of 1975 hooded his daughter, Sarah McGee, M.D.’09; and Charles Sonderegger, M.D., Class of 1977 hooded his son, Justin Sonderegger, M.D.’09.