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Johns Hopkins School Of Medicine Holds 116th Graduation On May 24 - 05/20/2011

Johns Hopkins School Of Medicine Holds 116th Graduation On May 24

Release Date: May 20, 2011

A distinguished group of 224 graduates will embark on their future careers as physicians and scientists at the 116th convocation ceremony of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on May 24. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at10:30 a.m. A total of 100 M.D. degrees, 110 Ph.D. degrees and 20 master’s degrees will be conferred. Six of the graduates will receive both an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree.  

Those earning an M.D. will go on to residency training at 52 hospitals in 21 states. Graduates in the Ph.D. program this year have published 542 papers and have been awarded 40 nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, including individual fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense and several private foundations. In addition, they  have 27 patents approved or pending and have earned seven nationally competitive dissertation grants.

Among the many outstanding students who will receive their degree is Maria Esteli Garcia, 29, who took a year off during medical school to earn an MPH degree from Harvard through a leadership development program. Garcia spent another year doing research on quality improvement in HIV clinics in Tanzania as part of a program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She authored two papers as a result of that work. Previously, during college, she lived in Brazil for a year doing volunteer work with a nonprofit group that teaches youth about health and education. She has since returned to Brazil four times to conduct research and help with public health initiatives for local residents.

Garcia says, “It’s been a wonderful six years in medical school. My parents are ready for me to graduate!” Garcia will do her residency in internal medicine/primary care at San Francisco General Hospital.

After growing up in Kenya, New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, as the son of a diplomat, Alonzo Woodfield, 32, worked for four years after college at an IT consulting company where he managed a project to track environmental pollution. He was inspired to become a physician after a close family member developed a serious mental illness, and it was another traumatic event that made him want to work in emergency medicine. “I was in a bad car crash in which my best friend died. I remember waiting on the side of the road for paramedics, not knowing what to do to help my friend.”

Woodfield also says that living in different countries has made him appreciate the unique role of emergency medicine. “You care for everyone who comes through the door, and treat people from a variety of cultures.” 

Woodfield has participated in the Incentive Mentoring Program in which Hopkins medical students mentor struggling Baltimore high school students to ensure that they will graduate. Three years ago, he rescued a 4-month-old pit bull that had been set on fire by some children. The dog continues to live with him and is doing fine. Woodfield will enter a residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the fall.

The school of medicine commencement address will be delivered by Henry Brem, M.D., the Harvey Cushing Professor and Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery who is also a professor of Oncology, Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Brem is an expert on the surgical treatment of brain tumors. He has developed new treatments for brain cancer, including ways to deliver chemotherapy directly to the brain, anti-angiogenesis therapies, computer navigation systems used during surgery, and brain tumor vaccines.

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