MU School of Medicine Looks Forward to Commencement Ceremony

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The University of Missouri School of Medicine will hold its commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Hearnes Center.

In 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak caused graduation to be entirely virtual. This year, the ceremony will be in-person with some restrictions and limitations. Admission is by ticket only, and at this time tickets are only being given to family members and guests of the graduates. Anyone can watch the commencement livestream.

Dr. Elizabeth Malm-Buatsi
Dr. Elizabeth Malm-Buatsi

It is our honor to have Dr. Malm-Buatsi serve as our Keynote Speaker this year. Dr. Malm-Buatsi earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from Westminster College in Fulton, MO. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She returned to mid-Missouri for her urologic residency at the University of Missouri and went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently a Pediatric Urologist at the University of Missouri and the only pediatric urologist for the mid-Missouri region. She also serves as an assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology and section chief of Pediatric Urology. She is the medical director for the Urology Clinics, the Vice Chief of Staff for University of Missouri Healthcare, and the current Chair of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Faculty Affairs Council. She also serves as the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Malm-Buatsi is the recipient of several awards including the South Central Section winner of the 2020 American Urological Association Young Urologist of the Year Award for her efforts and commitment to advancing the workforce in diversity and mentorship as well as her active involvement in the South Central Section and specialty societies. She also recently won the Jane Hickman Teaching Award, the highest honor in medical education bestowed yearly by the University of Missouri.

She is married to Dr. Delali Kwame Buatsi, an Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Capital Regional Hospital in Jefferson City. They have two amazing children, Sena (age 7) and Selana (age 4). They enjoy watching sports and traveling to Ghana for their yearly family Christmas reunion.

Download the 2021 Program