Medical students graduate in Scranton

Graduation season is upon us, and for more than 100 medical students gathered in Scranton, Sunday was the day they officially became doctors.

SCRANTON, Pa. — This is one of many graduation ceremonies across the country, but for this class of 2022

From now on you can call them Dr Habiyaremye and Dr Joglekar.

A total of 114 students graduated from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine at the Montage Pavilion in Scranton.

“They’ve all paired residences across the country with the best health care systems in the country. We’re very proud of them. It’s a great class,” said Virginia McGregor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

The new doctors each overcome their own challenges along the way.

Terrence is a first generation student in his family, “I have family coming today. There’s a lot of my immediate family and then my extended family as well. Even my biological family is coming today for this occasion,” Dr Habiyaremye said. .

“Today it’s so fun to see the smiles on the families’ faces and the pride in their hearts. And the students celebrating the accomplishment of a job well done,” said Julie Byerley, President and Dean of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

And the students say that as difficult as medical school itself can be, in the midst of all their training, the pandemic has hit.

“It really allowed us to get raw exposure to what healthcare really is,” Dr. Habiyaremye said.

“It made a lot of students, ourselves included, very resilient. I think it really underscored how important it is to communicate with patients and really understand what’s going on with regards to the pandemic. “, said Dr. Joglekar.

“They really learned to think on their feet,” McGregor said.

As for these two new doctors, one will go to the emergency room and the other to a residence in Hawaii to take care of the little ones.

“I am getting my MD in Emergency Medicine from Temple University,” Dr. Habiyaremye said.

“I graduated with an MD and am going to Hawaii to pursue studies in pediatrics,” Dr. Joglekar said.

Regarding advice for future students, Dr. Joglekar shared, “Don’t let the pandemic slow you down, like we survived it, and keep pushing.”

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