A keynote address during the virtual ceremony will be delivered by Laura Wexler, MD, professor in the UC Department of Internal Medicine and cardiologist at Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Melissa Klein, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at UC and pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's, along with fourth-year medical student Caroline Hensley will be recognized during the virtual ceremony as recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
A group of students have been selected to pre-record the reading of the Oath of Professionalism and the Hippocratic oath which will be played during the ceremony. All graduates were given the chance to submit photos for the ceremony and their names will be read by Aurora Bennett, MD, associate dean for student affairs in the College of Medicine.
Yu, who is visiting her family in Los Angeles, will watch online. Medical residencies typically start in July at hospitals around the nation, but Yu will avoid one of the hot spots for COVID-19 and start with Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas, in emergency medicine.
“The advantage of being in a smaller rural program for emergency medicine is that you usually get to do a lot more,” says Yu. “There is more improvisation and being forced to be creative because you may have fewer resources, or may not have every subspecialty available for a consult like you typically would at a huge academic center. You are forced to learn how to do things yourself which is why I applied to some programs like this.”