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  Largest Class in Quillen College of Medicine’s History Graduates

JOHNSON CITY – (May 8, 2015) The East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine’s commencement ceremony on Friday honored the largest graduating class in the medical school’s 40-year history.

Seventy-one students received their doctoral hoods from class-selected hooders Dr. Robert Schoborg, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Todd Aiken, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Prior to the hooding portion of the event, awards were presented to several students in the Class of 2015, including:

  • Laura Calder Parsons, the recipient of the Ann Tranum Hawkins Award for Excellence in Women’s Health, which is presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional involvement in activities promoting the health care of women;
  • Tamer Akoury, who received the Henry Clay Reister Award for starting a medical career later in life after having a previous career; and
  • Joshua Andrew Davis, who was awarded the Leonard Tow 2015 Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to the student, as judged by his or her peers, who consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland awarded diplomas to all 71 students. The program concluded with the administration of the Hippocratic Oath to the new doctors and all physicians in the audience. It was led by Dr. Reid Blackwelder, professor and director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Family Medicine.

Earlier in the day, the Quillen College of Medicine hosted a commissioning ceremony for the seven members – roughly 10 percent – of the Class of 2015 who will depart ETSU and become members of the United States military.

The ceremony welcomed representatives from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force who commissioned the graduates into the three branches. Those entering the military following graduation are:

  • Bonnie Buckles, who will attend Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio for a pediatrics residency;
  • Joshua Davis, who is headed to Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga., for a family medicine residency;
  • Jeremiah Gaddy, who will first complete a civilian residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center before reporting to duty in the Air Force;
  • Elizabeth Hill, who will transition to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego;
  • Alicia McClintock, who is headed to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego for her obstetrics/gynecology residency;
  • McKayla Riggs, who will complete her obstetrics/gynecology residency at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas; and
  • Antonia Roberts, who will enter into an obstetrics/gynecology residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.


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Graduation Grins 2015




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