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Temple/St. Luke’s Medical Students to Graduate on May 13
May 12, 2016

Bethlehem, PA (5/12/2016) – During the four years of medical school training, students can either study, sleep or have a social life, but never all three, jokes Joel Rosenfeld, MD, M.Ed, FACS, Chief Academic Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and Senior Associate Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

After four years of intense study and clinical experience, twenty-seven Temple/St. Luke’s medical students will graduate on May 13, 2016 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

“Graduation is truly a culmination of many years of hard work and preparation,” said Dr. Rosenfeld. “From high school through college and then throughout medical school, medical students have to be singularly focused and committed in order to succeed. I am very pleased that our students have met these challenges, far exceeded our expectations and have proved themselves ready for the next step of their training in their chosen residency programs.”

Joel C. Rosenfeld, MD, MEd, FACS, Chief Academic Officer at St. Luke’s University Health Network and Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Surgery at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University presents gifts of alarm clocks to members of the class of 2016 at a party in their honor on May 11, 2016
The Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine graduating class of 2016
(L-R) Elizabeth Vessio, MD; Rachael Kyper, MD; John Patterson, MD, Emergency Medicine; Colin Caverly, MD; Charles Cox, MD

Five Temple/St. Luke’s Medical Students to Continue Studies at St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem for Residencies

On March 18, fourth year medical students all over the country “matched” their residency applications with prospective health institutions to determine residency training programs, the next step after graduating from medical school.

“National Match Day is truly a milestone for every medical student across the country. This is the day when medical residency programs match with their highest-ranked medical students, and fourth year medical students learn where they will continue their professional development,” explained Dr. Rosenfeld.

Elizabeth Miller, MD, of Whitehall Township, looks to Colin Caverly, MD, (left) of Macungie, as he addresses the Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine graduating class at a party in their honor on May 11, 2016.

Dr. Rosenfeld continued, “We are extremely pleased with how well our students have matched. This is a tribute to their hard work over the past four years and to the excellent teaching, advice and counsel of our faculty.”

Five students will continue their medical education in St. Luke’s Graduate Medical Education programs, according to Dr. Rosenfeld. Data demonstrates that 50 percent of physicians will practice medicine within 100 miles of where they attend medical school and complete residencies.

(L-R) Brian Hoey, MD, program director St. Luke’s General Surgery Residency; Sofiane Lazar, MD ’16; Richard Sharpe, MD, program director St. Luke’s International Surgical Studies

Robert Langan, MD, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, St. Luke’s University Health Network, said, “St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine made a joint investment in the future of the health of the Lehigh Valley by joining together to produce a medical school with the stated purpose of attracting high quality individuals who will learn, train and – and we hope stay - to practice medicine in the Lehigh Valley.”

St. Luke’s Student Wins Top Prize – Local Faculty Honored

Rachael Kyper, MD

Rachael Kyper, MD

At an award ceremony for 200 graduates of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, St. Luke’s student Rachael Kyper, MD of Manor, PA was awarded the Joseph C. Doane Memorial prize for the member of the graduating class with the highest average throughout all four years of medical school. Rachael also won the Earl H. Spaulding Award in Microbiology and Immunology. Rachael will continue her training as an Emergency Medicine resident at University of Pittsburgh, near her hometown.

Dr. Fabio Dorville, an internal medicine physician who completed his residency training at St. Luke’s and practices in Bethlehem, won the Blockley-Osler award for an affiliate faculty selected for excellence in teaching by the Temple/St. Luke’s students.

Dr. James Anasti, a St. Luke’s obstetrics & gynecology physician and program director for the OB/GYN Residency program at St. Luke’s won the Drs. Henry and Page Laughlin award for excellence in clinical teaching as selected by Temple/St. Luke’s students. Dr. Anasti graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For more information about the Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine please visit temple-stlukes.slhn.org and for other graduate medical education programs at St. Luke’s University Health Network, please visit sluhn.org/medical-education.

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