Celebrating the Class of 2016

On May 7, the UNC School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 gathered with friends, family, and faculty in Memorial Hall to celebrate graduation. The 172-member class selected William Fischer, II, MD, as its commencement speaker.

Commencement marks the formal end of these students’ medical school experience. On March 18, the class celebrated Match Day, where it was revealed where 160 students will continue their medical training in residency programs. Other students will continue in research or other opportunities.

Here are just a few honors achieved by the class of 2016:

  • 22 received dual degrees; including 7 MD/PhD, 14 MD/MPH, and 1 MD/MBA
  • 21 graduated as Doctor of Medicine with Distinction, meaning they earned a cumulative year-end grade of Honors through all four years of medical school
  • 31 were recognized as members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society which recognizes medical students in the top 25 percent of their class

A video of the entire ceremony is available here.

Prior to the graduation ceremonies, a few members of the class of 2016, discussed what they’ll remember most about their UNC experience:

Bryan Antono

"I really enjoyed my time during third year where I got to rotate and experience all of the different specialties."

- Brian Antono, will complete a Family Medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville.

Will Garno

"I am sad to leave, but feel incredibly prepared for residency and know that I’ll be a Tar Heel for the rest of my career."

- Will Garno, will complete an Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins

Deepak Ravindranathan

"We have an incredibly supportive environment here at UNC. Everyone is always so quick to step up to help you when you need it."

- Deepak Ravindranathan, will complete an Internal Medicine residency at the Emory University

Audrey Verde

"I think the biggest thing for me was returning to the 3rd year of medical school after completing my PhD. It was amazing to be back with patients, be reminded of the impact of our research work, and weave those interests together."

- Audrey Verde, will complete one year of training at UNC, before a Radiology residency at Stanford.

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