June 2011 Hooding and Awards

"Generously share your knowledge – with your patients, with your colleagues, with the world. Collaboration is more than a buzzword; the future of health care and biomedical research hinges on collaboration."

Mark Richardson, MD, MBA, Dean, School of Medicine

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From Dean Richardson: Congratulations Class of 2011!

Dr. RichardsonDear School of Medicine community:

On June 6 I was honored to take part in the OHSU School of Medicine's annual hooding and commencement ceremony. Friends, parents, children, grandparents and others - including many faculty members - came together to celebrate the enormous achievements and hard work of our newest graduates.

Our 401 graduates include 48 PhD degrees, two MD/PhD degrees, 99 MD degrees, three MD/MPH degrees, 110 master's degrees, 75 graduate certificates, 45 bachelor's degrees and 19 associate's degrees. The students join a long and proud tradition dating back 124 years to 1887, when the School of Medicine was first established.

In turn, their achievements also belongs to our faculty. Your dedication to teaching and guiding the Class of 2011 - as well as the current students and thousands who have gone before - is, by extension, a commitment to the health and well-being of the countless people in Oregon and around the world whose lives intersect with our graduates.

Hooding 2011At this time of year we also recognize exceptional students and faculty members with honors and awards. Congratulations to all of you. You'll find more information about these award recipients below.

I am pleased to welcome the Class of 2011 into our distinguished community of men and women who dedicate their lives to health and healing. The future of health care needs great things from our graduates, and I know they are up to the challenge.  


Mark Richardson Signature
Mark Richardson, MD, MBA
Dean, School of Medicine



"I am excited to see today’s masters and PhD graduates join their professional colleagues in science, industry, education and health care. I look forward to hearing about their contributions to improving world health in years to come."

Allison Fryer, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies


The next generation of OHSU graduates prepare to transition from classrooms to clinical setting

Hooding 2011A new generation of health care professionals, from physicians, nurses and dentists to physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives, are graduating from Oregon Health & Science University this month. A series of graduation ceremonies begin on Monday, June 6, and continue throughout the month of June. In all, 979 students will graduate from OHSU to begin careers in various health care fields.

“As health care reform takes shape across the country and in Oregon, and health care occupations continue to evolve, it's exciting to see our next class of graduates begin their professional careers," said OHSU President Joe Robertson, MD, MBA. "At OHSU we often refer to our mission of serving all 96,000 square miles of Oregon. Graduation is a tangible moment in fulfilling that mission as quite literally, our students head out to care for patients within Oregon's borders and beyond.”

Read the full OHSU media release


"We are very proud of each one of you – not just for what you have learned and achieved up to today, but also for who you are and what you will become, what you will learn and achieve tomorrow and every day thereafter."

Molly Osborne, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs,
Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education


2011 School of Medicine Awards

Hooding 2011At the end of the academic year, the School of Medicine recognizes students and faculty for academic and teaching excellence, or outstanding contributions to their field.

The Class of 2011 Hooding and Commencement Hooding Program lists awardees who were recognized at the June 6 ceremony. A select few and additional awards not mentioned in the program are featured below:

Awards & Recipients

  • The Edward S. Hayes Gold Headed Cane Award was presented to Michael Goodwin (pictured holding the presentation cane below right)

  • The Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine (Student) was presented to Mischa B. Ronick. The Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine (Faculty) was presented to Lisa G. Dodson, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

  • Gold Headed Cane AwardThe Dean’s Award for Exemplary Contributions to the School of Medicine was presented to Jessica Carlson, MD

  • The Oregon Master of Public Health Program recognized two OHSU students in its 2011 Student Excellence Awards - MPH students Nathan Ansbaugh (research) and Andrew Thomas (leadership)

Check back regularly for updates – we’ll be adding more information about awards as it’s collected. Have an award to add? Let us know at somdeansoffice@ohsu.edu


"The class of 2011 may have more beards, carry more mason jars, perform the worst on basic science exams, compared to any other class but they are the kindest, most caring and committed individuals that you could ever want as your physician."

Jessica Carlson, MD, President, MD Class of 2011

"We are still young.  Right now we are the fresh eyes. We have few presumptions, few political alliances. We are still mostly unfettered free agents, able to explore, question and conjecture with relative immunity."

Jennifer Redig, PhD, Class of 2011


find photos of family and friends

Hooding 2011Celebrate with our graduates! Relive the excitement of the 2011 ceremony (LINK) and find photos of present and past School of Medicine Hooding ceremonies at the SoM facebook page:

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