College of Medicine Commencement

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Jay A. Perman, M.D.

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The top specialties chosen by this year’s students were: internal medicine, 23 percent; family practice, 14 percent; emergency medicine, 7 percent; general surgery, 7 percent; and pediatrics, 6 percent. Nearly one out of three students in the class (31 percent) will stay at UK for their residency, with another 6 percent staying in Kentucky.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 14, 2004) -- Doctor of Medicine degrees will be awarded to 87 University of Kentucky College of Medicine students at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. Jay A. Perman, M.D., dean of the college, and Emery A. Wilson, M.D., dean emeritus, will preside at the ceremony.

"This class has performed exceptionally well during medical school,” Wilson said. “Three students have a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout the four years, and all of these young physicians excelled in their care of others. We are very proud of them. The future of medicine is in good hands."

Forty-two students, or 48 percent of the class, will receive degrees in the primary care specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics.

The top specialties chosen by this year’s students were: internal medicine, 23 percent; family practice, 14 percent; emergency medicine, 7 percent; general surgery, 7 percent; and pediatrics, 6 percent. Nearly one out of three students in the class (31 percent) will stay at UK for their residency, with another 6 percent staying in Kentucky.

U.S.News & World Report ranked UK College of Medicine’s Rural Medicine program 20th in the country in the magazine’s 2004 annual ranking of “ America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

“We are exceedingly proud of our graduates,” Perman said. “We are confident that they will make meaningful contributions to health care in Kentucky and beyond.”

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