The keynote address was given by David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., immediate past president of UF Health and former senior vice president for health affairs. Guzick shared seven graduating students’ personal histories with medicine in their own words, highlighting the talent, diversity and breadth of experience that make up the class of 2019.
“The class of 2019 are multi-talented individuals. They’re internally driven to achieve their goals through determination and will,” Guzick said. “The future of medicine is indeed in good hands.”
In their student address, 2019 Student Hippocratic Award recipients Leora Lieberman and Laura Buchanan shared their final hopes for their classmates before they scatter across the country to begin the next chapter of their careers.
“As with any beautiful story, where there’s a first, there’s a last. As we reach the end, I hope that we leave behind pride in place of humility and that we let our own hardships not turn to cynicism but rather let our struggles inform our compassionate care for patients,” Lieberman said. “I hope we never underestimate the far-reaching, uplifting impact of simple kindness toward each other and those we care for.”
After each of the graduates received their hoods and diplomas and read aloud the Hippocratic Oath, they were greeted outside of the Phillips Center by their loved ones with bouquets, hugs and well wishes. Usmanova, who will soon begin a residency at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, posed for photos in the sunshine with her family and classmates.
“I can’t think of a better place to receive my education than the UF College of Medicine,” Usmanova said. “I have a lot to learn still in my residency, but I feel prepared, capable and confident that things have been taught to me well here.”