Road to graduation 2018
Medical students from the class of 2018 prepare to take the next step in their careers
Spring 2018 — In the coming weeks, fourth-year students at the UF College of Medicine will take the final steps toward completing their dreams of becoming doctors. It’s a time full of excitement, nervousness and hope. Follow the journeys of four students as they reflect on the bonds they’ve formed and the lessons they’ve learned.
Tenisha Wilson, PhD '14
May 14, 2018 — When Tenisha Wilson reflects on being the first African-American woman to graduate from the UF MD-PhD Training Program, a line from Maya Angelou’s poem Our Grandmothers comes to mind: “I come as one but I stand as 10,000.” In July, the graduating UF College of Medicine student will pursue a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins University and focus her research on maternal-fetal medicine.
April 23, 2018 — Sarah Kelley says she’s been hooked on medicine ever since the first time she watched her father — a cardiothoracic surgeon who practices in Bangladesh — perform a C-section. The fourth-year UF College of Medicine student reaches ever closer to achieving her goal of being an OB-GYN as she begins a residency at the UF College of Medicine this summer. Sarah is overjoyed to continue her training at UF, an environment which she says taught her the value of community. “I often wonder if I could’ve made it through medical school without the unconditional support of my classmates, friends and family,” she says. “Medical school is humbling. I realized, together we can learn more than being on your own.”
Reesa Lendry & Joe Monir
March 12, 2018 — Friday’s Match Day ceremony will reveal the future for fourth-year UF College of Medicine students turned fiancées Reesa Lendry and Joe Monir. The pair is pursuing a competitive couple’s match — Lendry in dermatology and Monir in orthopedic surgery. Wherever the match takes Monir and Lendry, they will carry with them the lessons they learned at the UF College of Medicine. “It’s easy to lose sight of self-care, but you have to be healthy yourself to care for others,” Monir says. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Use experiences as learning opportunities,” Lendry says.