Today, members of the MU School of Medicine Class of 2022 were awarded their medical degrees. The newly minted physicians celebrated the long-awaited day with their friends and family in Jesse Hall. Those who could not join in person were invited to join via livestream.
“Your education here will endure. You are now part of a long legacy of MU School of Medicine graduates,” said Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH, dean of the medical school. “But your contribution will be unique, and we eagerly await seeing how you impact the lives of your patients and the future of medicine.”
The 110 members of the Class of 2022 were in demand — 96% received a residency program match, meaning many hospitals and health systems chose graduating MU medical students as their top candidates.
Twenty class members spent the last two years at the Springfield Clinical Campus. The Springfield location was established in June 2016 in partnership with the CoxHealth and Mercy health systems. The program allows medical students to train in precision health by learning the nuances of rural medicine firsthand.
Having received their medical degrees, these physicians will now go on to receive additional residency training in their chosen specialties. Of the class, 30% will stay at MU for residency training, 43% will remain in the state and 35% will specialize in high-need care fields.
Graduates of the MU School of Medicine consistently score higher than the national average on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). MU School of Medicine graduates are trained, evaluated and expected to be competent in their ability to deliver patient-centered care, including their capability to communicate with the patient, family members and colleagues working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
This year’s commencement address was presented by Robert L. Phillips, MD, founding executive director for the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care. An honorary degree was also awarded to Amy B. Heimberger, MD, PhD. Heimberger is the scientific director for the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute and interim associate director of translational research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Friends and family of the graduates can visit the University of Missouri commencement page for more information.