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Ninety-Seven New Physicians Graduate from MU Medical School

Many of the graduates stay in state for residency and train in primary care

Ninety-seven students in the MU School of Medicine Class of 2014 officially became physicians during a commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Jesse Hall. Forty-six percent of the class will stay in Missouri for residency training, and 25 percent will stay at MU.

MU has focused on producing physicians for Missouri for more than 165 years. More of the state's physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university. MU's medical school is also nationally ranked in primary care. The school's family and community medicine department has ranked in the top 10 nationally for 21 consecutive years.

Alexander Garza, MD '96, an MU alumnus and associate dean for public health practice and associate professor of epidemiology at St. Louis University (SLU) College of Public Health and Social Justice, delivered the school's commencement address. Dr. Garza is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to coming to SLU, he was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to serve as the assistant secretary of health affairs and chief medical officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Garza led the health and security efforts for DHS until 2013, which included the health aspects of terrorism and natural disasters.

Forty-eight students completing master's and doctoral degrees in the MU School of Medicine's Departments of Health Management and Informatics, Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, and Pathology and Anatomical Sciences also received degrees at MU's Graduate School commencement ceremony on May 18.

Click here to download a high-resolution photo of the Class of 2014 physician graduates.

Class of 2014
Members of the MU School of Medicine Class of 2014 officially became physicians during a commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Jesse Hall. Twenty-five percent of the class will stay at MU, and 46 percent will stay in Missouri. More Missouri physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university.

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