Members of the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine attend graduation exercises at Roanoke's Jefferson Center. This is the third class the school has graduated and all students will commence their residencies this summer. They will be pursuing 21 specialties in 34 different programs dispersed across 19 states. The rundown of residency programs they were accepted in to is impressive: Georgetown, Duke, Baylor, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, just to name a few. Additionally, this class has three students who were commissioned Captains in the U.S. Army's Medical Corps.
J. Kevin Dorsey, Dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine was the keynote speaker during graduation exercises. “Any patient would have a difficult time knowing how much you’ve actually learned,” he said. “What they really want is a good doctor, a doctor who cares.”