The University of Missouri School of Medicine will celebrate the graduation of 94 medical students in the class of 2019 at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in Jesse Auditorium, 205 Jesse Hall.
This year’s graduating class includes 10 graduates who trained at the school’s Springfield Clinical Campus in southwest Missouri. The Springfield Clinical Campus is a public/private partnership with MU and CoxHealth and Mercy hospitals.
This year’s commencement speaker is Joel Shenker, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical neurology at the MU School of Medicine.
The 2019 class of medical students from the MU School of Medicine was highly sought after: 98% of the class received a residency program match, meaning many hospitals and health systems chose graduating MU medical students as their top resident physician candidates.
After receiving their medical degrees on Saturday, these physicians will go on to receive additional training in their chosen specialties. Many of the physicians – 22% of MU School of Medicine’s class of 2019 – will remain on the MU campus for their residency training. Thirty-eight percent of the MU School of Medicine 2019 class will remain in Missouri, and 35% of this graduating class selected residency programs in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.
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.