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IL: Graduates Celebrate Achievements at CCOM Commencement

June 07, 2011

by Office of Communications

Emily Fleming, D.O., smiles after the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine graduation ceremony. Also pictured from left to right: Ross Flake, D.O., Benjamin Eovaldi, D.O., and David Lauck, D.O.

Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) recently celebrated the graduation of 176 students on the Downers Grove Campus. The graduates, who earned Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees, were honored in a ceremony led by Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of the University.

In her remarks, Dr. Goeppinger acknowledged the many achievements of the graduates during their four years of rigorous study and training. Valedictorian Akshay Patel also addressed his fellow classmates and their families and friends at the ceremony. Dr. Patel spoke about the journey he and his fellow classmates took to become osteopathic physicians highlighting the guidance of CCOM faculty members and the many lessons learned from their clinical experiences.

Among the 176 graduates, 49 percent will enter primary care residencies while the rest of the class also secured residencies in various specialties including emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, radiology, psychiatry, anesthesiology, and surgery. More than half the class will stay in Illinois for their residency programs, with the rest traveling to 22 other states for their residencies.

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