Ronald Berry, M.D., a family practitioner for the UF Student Health Care Center, placed a hood over his son Jonathan’s shoulders, officially recognizing a new generation of physicians in the Berry family.
“I’m so proud of Jonathan becoming a physician, and I know he’ll do great things in the future,” he said.
Graduate Jonathan Berry said the ceremony created a sense of reality about his future. This summer, he will begin a residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
“It’s exciting but bittersweet,” he said. “I’m sad to say goodbye to my classmates. It’s been a pretty glorious last four years.”
In her student address, Kavita Jeram Chapla cited the UF College of Medicine’s faculty and staff for teaching her how to achieve the optimal work-life balance, skills that will become increasingly important as the class of 2017 takes a leap into the professional realm.
“They’ve taken the time to figure out what they value most. I hope, as we move forward, we can do the same,” she said. “If we do, then despite the frustration, loneliness and emotions that will accompany our first-year residencies, we will end each day with a deep satisfaction for what we do and who we are.”