Med students receive diplomas
HUNTINGTON -- Two tours of duty in Iraq really helped to put things into perspective for David Ison, who served in the U.S. Army as a medic.
"There is nothing like the camaraderie you have with your fellow troops, whether you are treating them or if you're working with them," said Ison, a native of Wise, Va. "I knew I wanted to have a part of that when I left, so it was an easy decision to go to med school."
Ison was one of 75 newly minted doctors to be recognized Friday night during the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Graduation and Investiture ceremony at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington.
The ceremony was one Ison described as bittersweet.
"Part of going to med school was a lot like being in the military," said Ison, who will go to East Tennessee State University to complete an internal medicine residency. "You still have that camaraderie with your classmates, and you spend so much time working together to study and finish certain tasks that can be really stressful, and now that we're here, you just know it's an experience that was unique to you."
This particular class was noted for its more than 5,000 hours of community service over four years, and, according to Elias Salloum, president of the med school's class of 2013, approximately 18 children that were born to med students during that same time frame.
Ison and his wife, Heather, were responsible for one of those children, a son, who now is 2-years-old, in addition to two sons who are 15- and 12-years-old, respectively.
He credited his wife with taking time off from her career as a counselor to take care of their family and support him during med school.
"It really was an exhausting thing to have a family and working on med school," said Ison. "I know there is no way I could have made it through everything without her help."
Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the med school, took time to honor those family members and loved ones who supported the students during the last four years in his address at the ceremony.
He also called upon the graduates to continue their education each day as physicians.
"This is a very exciting time for all of us," said Shapiro. "Our calling requires nothing less than us working to learn, grow and be the best doctors we can be."
Scott Studeny of Huntington said he has grown a lot since he decided he wanted to be a doctor when he was in the 8th grade. After watching "The Miracle of Life" in his health class, Studeny said he was sure he wanted to be an OB-GYN.
"I decided to keep my options open when I got into med school and started my rotations," said Studeny, who will begin his pediatrics residency at Marshall after graduation.
Even though his field of medicine might have changed, Studeny said his passion to practice has not waivered in that time.
"One thing that someone might not understand about med school is the amount of our own free time you give up with our friends and our families, more so than we did in high school and college," said Studeny. "Really, it's important for people to know that if we didn't have a passion for what we were doing, there is no way we would be able to do it. We wouldn't be doing it now, and we wouldn't be able to do it in the future if we didn't love it."
Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. Marshall University's 176th commencement ceremony for undergraduates, Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Immediately following morning commencement, College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories.
2 p.m. Marshall University's commencement for graduate students, Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Immediately following morning commencement, College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, The Palms.
4 p.m. Forensic Science graduation reception, Memorial Student Center, BE 5.
4:30 p.m. College of Science hooding ceremony, Smith Hall 154.
Information about commencement
To ease downtown parking issues, the university offers a shuttle service from campus to the arena. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park on university lots at the 6th Avenue Parking Facility, the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Joan C. Edwards Stadium or across from Smith Hall (Lot F). Shuttle service will begin at 7:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony and at noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. After commencement, buses will transport passengers back to campus.
For those who cannot attend the ceremonies, Saturday's undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will be streamed live on the Marshall University website at https://new.livestream.com/marshallu. Marshall also sells DVDs of the ceremony for $20 per copy. Orders will be taken at the arena on Saturday and can be done online at www.marshall.edu/registrar.
Legacy photos will also take photos of graduates, and graduates will have the option to purchase. Information on the photos will be submitted through university email addresses.
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