Doctors in the house
HUNTINGTON — Completing medical school undoubtedly is a historical experience in any doctor’s life, and the culmination of that experience was especially historical for one young doctor Friday night during the Investiture Ceremony of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Rebecca Hayes’ choice to attend Marshall was easy because it meant she got to stay in her hometown Huntington with her family, including her grandfather, Robert B. Hayes, the 11th president of Marshall University, who presided over the university during the medical school’s inception in 1977.
“I’ve gotten to know him better in the past four years,” she said. “It’s a bittersweet night, but I’ve been able to talk to him about how things were under his administration and what the university is like today. It’s been interesting.”
Hayes will stay in Huntington to complete a residency in pediatrics at Cabell Huntington Hospital, and she was one of 67 students to be hooded during the invitation-only ceremony, where the guest speaker was Dr. Robert C. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Gallo and his colleagues independently discovered HIV and provided the first results to show that the virus was the cause of AIDS.
During his speech, Gallo cited his own experiences growing up and beginning his research career in conveying to the students his message that their learning won’t end after medical school, and there are surprises in store for them that can’t be predicted with any amount of academic training.
“You’re coming into medicine at a time when you need to know more than medicine,” Gallo said. “We’re here to celebrate your graduation, your success in learning, and your learning is not going to stop. It’s going to occur every day of your professional career. It goes on and on. I think it’s going to also present you with new challenges, like it did for me.”
The challenges that await Dr. Luke Miller, a Dunbar, W.Va., native are in Lexington, Ky., where he will begin a psychiatry residency this summer at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Miller said he enjoyed his years at Marshall, but he was excited to move on to the next step in his life.
“What sold me on Marshall more than WVU or the osteopathic school was the sense of family,” Miller said. “I knew medical school was going to be a tough four years, and I figured, ‘Why not go someplace where they would be supportive of me?’ I’m very pleased with the four years I spent here.”
Dr. Sean Loudin wears a lot of hats in the medical school as an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics, the pediatric clerkship director for the school and a neonatologist at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
As a person responsible for equipping the students to be successful physicians, Loudin said the investiture ceremony is a source of pride for all of the medical school faculty.
“I want them to be the best doctors they can be,” Loudin said. “As faculty members, that is what we strive to do: We train them and guide them through medical school. By the time they walk onto that stage, we have invested time and energy in them and their families. They have worked hard, and they have done everything we asked them to do. They’ve earned it.”
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Marshall University graduation events
Saturday, May 10
n 9 a.m., Marshall University’s 177th commencement ceremony for undergraduates, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Students participating in the ceremonies need to be there a half hour prior to the start time. Each ceremony may last about two hours. The ceremonies also will be streamed live on Marshall’s main website, www.marshall.edu.
Shuttle buses will be available to transport graduates and guests to the arena from the university. Parking is enouraged at the 6th Avenue parking facility, performing arts center, football stadium or Lot F across from Smith Hall. Shuttle service will begin at 7:45 a.m. for the first ceremony and noon for the second ceremony. Shuttle service is free.
n 11:30 a.m., or, immediately following morning commencement, College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories
n 2 p.m., Marshall University’s commencement for graduate students, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
n 4:30 p.m., College of Science hooding ceremony, Smith Hall 154
n 5 p.m., Forensic Science Hooding and Graduation Reception, BE-5, Memorial Student Center; event closed to the public.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s class of 2014
Saqib Rehman Ahmed; Thomas Amadeo Alberico; Zubair Asad Ansari; Michael A. Banks, August 2013 graduate; Tamara Thair Barghouthi; Don Alexander Bertolotti; Caroline Leigh Brady; Aaron Matthew Brownfield; Bethany Grace Bush; William Dennis Carr;
Rachel Grier Clarke; Stephen Scott Cole; Sonja Patricia Dawsey; Shane Richard Dragan; Lindsay Megan Edwards; Richard Gerard Erwin II; Mark Adel Faltaous; David William Feigal III; Lora Beth Fetty; Sean Michael Fitzpatrick;
Jill Anne Goodwin; Marvyn A. Grayson Jr.; Jeffrey Brooks Groves; Rebecca Marie Hayes; Payam Heiraty; Joshua Fong Hendrix; Christina Ann Hensley; Sammy Samir Hodroge; Ryan Peyton Hostutler; David Ramzi Hourani;
Kyle Eric Johnson; Deanna Nicole Jones; Corey Andrew Keeton; Nikita Girish Khetan; Matthew E Krantz; Jonathan Daniel Lewis; Ashley Brianne Litchfield; Ziyang Liu; Ken Maynard III; Ronald L. McGavic Jr.;
Luke David Miller; Elizabeth Kelly Mott, December 2013 graduate; Alex F. Munoz; Dewey Scott Murphy; Ganesh Raghava Murthy; Michael Jeffrey Northcutt; Kacey Erin O’Malley; William Stephan Przybysz III; Zain Naeem Qazi; Craig Anthony Riccelli;
Miranda Elizabeth Rose; Alexander Janson Salazar; Thomas Joseph Schlierf; Carly Rae Schuetz; Molly Elizabeth Seidler; Jessica Noelle Sosa-Stanley; Piyush Vinayak Sovani; Majd George Sweiss; Lee Aaron Van Horn; Freddie William Vaughan;
Lacey Mae Vence; Ravi Viradia; Douglas Clayton vonAllmen; Kimberly Nicole Weaver; Jenna Kaye Fields Wildman; Robert Boyd Wildman; and Laura Grace Wilson.
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