Midwestern University recently held several commencement ceremonies on the Downers Grove Campus to celebrate the start of a variety of healthcare careers for the graduates. During the ceremonies, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of the University, acknowledged the many achievements of the graduates during their years of rigorous study and clinical experiences.
Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine honored 192 graduates at the May commencement. Among the graduates, 57 percent will enter primary care residencies while the rest of the class also secured residencies in various specialties including emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry, and anesthesiology. In addition, 47 percent of the class will stay in Illinois for their residency programs, with the rest traveling to 29 other states for their residencies.
Also in May, the College of Health Sciences celebrated the graduation of members of the Physical Therapy and Biomedical Sciences programs. Forty-six students earned a doctorate in Physical Therapy degree and will begin careers in hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers throughout the United States. Of the 76 students earning master's degrees in biomedical science, several graduates will matriculate to another degree program at Midwestern University.
In addition, 211 students from the Chicago College of Pharmacy graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and will begin their professional careers in a variety of healthcare settings. Among these graduates, 36 have been accepted into one-year post-graduate residency programs, two have been accepted into medical schools, and two have been accepted into other universities to pursue their Ph.D. degrees.
"I am so proud of all our graduates and admire their dedication and service to the community," Dr. Goeppinger said. "I am confident that they will continue to succeed as healthcare professionals and embrace both the compassion and hard work they've demonstrated at Midwestern University."