My time at VTC has been some of the honestly best years of my life. I've loved living in Roanoke. I think the community's done a really amazing job of embracing the medical school and I met my fiancee here at VTC so I can't complain.
It has been an amazing experience in terms of growing quite a bit you know. Coming from Indiana and both personally and academically you know gotten a lot of good research experience and met a lot of neat people and overall just overall become a better person from it.
Roanoke is a great place to complete medical school and it's a great place to live. The school is really supportive of everyone and I can't imagine having been happier or performing better anywhere else.
My time at VTC has been great. I honestly couldn't ask for a better medical school experience. My wife and I managed to raise three kids during the past four years and the support from my classmates and from everyone here at the school and everyone in Roanoke it's been amazing. so I really could not ask for anything more.
Coming to VTC has been the best decision that I've ever made. The support that I've received here from faculty and mentors like Dr. Knight and Jellie and Emily and all these people have really shown how much everyone is supported and invested in our success.
Yeah it's been a pleasure know all of you I'm sure we'll be in touch and I've made several lifelong friends and they look forward to keeping in touch with for a long time. I just wish everyone the best of luck in the next steps.
Joining our class late made me feel a little bit different than you guys wouldn't getting to this this kind of end of the year type of stuff but I just want to say thank you for welcoming me with open arms and I'm so proud of all the work that we've put in together and I'm so so happy that we made it here.
Well I'm sad that I couldn't be here with all of our classmates especially a tight-knit one like we have a class of 2020 at VTC. I know that we've created bonds that will last a lifetime and that this is just one stage where we're apart but continuing forward we're always going to be part of this amazing class.
When I first came to Virginia Tech Carilion I was a little bit apprehensive. I wasn't really familiar with Southwest Virginia but immediately coming here, meeting our classmates, meeting the faculty immediately brought in with open arms just getting to be part of this growing new institution has been incredible. I'm going to Charleston but I'm going to cherish my time that I've been able to spend in Roanoke and to be a Hokie.
I've enjoyed it greatly. I have to thank everyone who's supported me along the way. I'm a believer that well the individual matters it's as much the community that supports it and i can't think of a better community than VTC.
I had a great time at VTC. Roanoke is home for me and VTC just made it that much more so I love everyone in my class definitely feels like a family and I'll be really sad to leave the area and all the people that come with it.
VTC for me was you know really good time for the for the last four years and I think the best part about it was meeting the types of people that I met and knowing that we formed these you know a lifetime connections and something like that I think is very invaluable for me that I wasn't necessarily expecting but it's something that I immediately knew that I would get out of it within my first few months of being here and I just knew it was right place for me.
Some people may not know it but I've learned a lesson a few lessons from every single person I met here and this is something I will never forget. I really liked, as mentioned earlier, I really cherish my experiences and memories here and for that very reason it would be incredible to have the opportunity to ever come back to take care of patients in what I call my home.
When I think of our time together, what comes to mind the most is just memories of me laughing until my belly hurt and so I can't wait until the next time I get to see you and give you a big hug.
VTC is truly a family. I don't think I could have succeeded in medical school without the support of all my friends and faculty. I had an amazing time and I couldn't have asked for a better four years.
It was probably everything that I asked for. it was a place where I got to grow, learn, make friends, experience hardship, experience celebration, and was probably one of the greatest times of my life.
It's been a great experience. I've met a lot of people who eventually I consider my family. It was pretty hard moving from college to a completely new town and leaving my old friends behind but overall these people have become my new family.
It's been great, everyone here really is like a family. We are a really small class and so we get to know each other incredibly well and the faculty as well so really graduating is very bittersweet for us because it's really like a family celebration but it's gonna be really sad to leave and move on from here even though it's the best next step.
Growing up I really really wanted to learn how to be and wanted to be a physician scientist and I think here at VTC is just part of our value set. I think my time here and my education here has really helped me take those steps and being the physician scientist I've always wanted to be.
I love all of you guys it's been such a great four years and it would not have been the same without every one of you.
I had such a great experience at VTC. I kind of knew that this was the medical school I wanted to go to as soon as I came and saw the campus on my interview and was really blown away at how beautiful everything was and how nice and welcoming everyone was and they seemed very supportive and that really has been true during all four of my years here.Faculty have been great and my classmates have become friends forever.
I came to Roanoke four years ago and I really wasn't sure what to expect and on my interview day I remember leaving and saying to myself there's something special about that town and that school in that community and my time here has definitely shown that in spades I think. From the faculty members who are invested in us from day one to the close-knit community we have here in Roanoke to our peers and all of us being just very supportive of one another from day one and even beyond. You know particularly during this time it's been an amazing and magical experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Thinking back on when we started in July of 2016 - now it's it's incredible to see how much we've grown, how much we've experienced together and I just truly can't imagine being with anyone else during this time.
It's been amazing. It's been a wonderful five years as I ended up taking an extra year to get an MBA after completing my second year and I don't regret it at all and even though my time here was a little bit longer than most it's just been it's been fabulous and I want to thank two of my classmates because I didn't start off with them this class of 2020 but they welcomed me during our third year as if I had started with them from the beginning so I just want to thank them for that too.
It's been great, it's been a good four years of the really supportive environment great group of people in my class, fantastic faculty and mentors. I've really enjoyed myself.
My time at Virginia Tech Carilion has been absolutely amazing I've made some amazing friends, have had awesome mentors, awesome faculty members, definitely be sad to be leaving but I know I'll hopefully be coming back one day. I needed to visit maybe even work here.
It has been amazing. I'm so happy that I ended up coming here for medical school. I've met an amazing group of people and so many great mentors all along the way and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
I really appreciate the spirit that my class had. Everyone was so great with each other all throughout four years. Really inclusive environment.
My time here at VTC has been quite incredible I think I've made friends who I've never expected to meet and amazing people left and right, physicians who have inspired me, and residents who have driven me to become a better version of myself.
I think, besides all the clinical knowledge that we've gained and all the just medical basic science stuff. Our class is really close together and I think it's taught us how to work together as teams from the time we were in PBL all the way up to and we're paired with other students and the o.r and on the wards so I think it's really the small class size here it was the perfect fit for me and it really helped foster me as a better team player and a better member of a team which is kind of the best part of healthcare.
I have loved getting to know all of you It's been so cool to meet people from California to upper northeast, parts of the United States and everywhere in between loved it it's been an awesome experience I wouldn't trade it for anything I mean.
It's been awesome. Totally loved all four years here. Don't have a single negative thing to say. Definitely learned a lot. I'm looking forward to the next steps as well but I wanted to just think back and thank everybody for everything that they offered me for my four years here at VTC.
Remember to take some time for yourself and your families as you go out into residency, whether that be in family medicine like myself, or into neurosurgery like Brian, especially for him, to take some time and just remember why he's doing everything and to everybody just remember your why.
Congrats to everyone I'm gonna miss you guys so much. We've all really had an opportunity to become close and become more like a family so I'm gonna miss you fam I wish you guys all the best and I'm sure you're gonna go out there and crush it.
To my friends and family outside of med school thank you for supporting me and loving me. I definitely couldn't have done these four years of that yeah it was a long four years but a short four years as well.
I just want to thank all the teachers and wonderful mentors and classmates that I've met they've taught me so much I feel really excited for this next big step
Of course, a huge thank you to my family I know I'm a long way from home out here but it's been an awesome four years and I've learned a lot and I can't wait to see everybody as soon as this quarantine is lifted.
I want to give a huge shout out to my parents thank you for everything you've done for the support you've given me over these last few years. I couldn't have been here and succeeded the way I did without your help.
Thank you to my parents, to my new family in law, recently got married so thank you to them I'm sure they will be very supportive into the future. and to my professors and faculty who I've worked with just thank you a lot of gratitude for everybody
I just want to thank my friends and my family and all the staff here that really supported me and helped me make it this far I couldn't have done it without any of you all and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I want to thank my parents my brother my mentors and all my friends especially my classmates here at this program.
I'd like to say give a big shout-out to my parents I love you guys so much and it's been really heartbreaking not being able to share all this with you guys but I know that you're with me every step of the way like you have been in the past you guys inspire me so much and you've always believed in me and lastly to my fiance Stephen thank you for all the preparation with OSCE's and holding my hand as I opened my step one results everything you've done for me I couldn't have done it without you so thank you so much.
Wanna start by thinking my beautiful wife Hannah I definitely couldn't of gotten through this without her and then just to my both of my parents as well as my family and extended family it's been great to have all their support and then like I said just the faculty here all the administration appreciate all their efforts to make this happen.
There's a lot of faculty at Virginia Tech I'd like to thank probably too many to count one of the best parts of the experience of the year has been the mentorship
I would like to thank my family my parents specifically they immigrated to this country they made incredible sacrifices to give me the opportunity to really pursue my dream of anything I wanted to and to pursue my dream of being a neurosurgeon I think I could not have been anywhere close to doing any of the things I've been able to accomplish this far if it wasn't for them.
I just want to thank everyone has supported me along the way my fiancee as well as my parents my siblings and just all of my friends who really supported me and helped me get to where I am right now and I'll rely on them you know for life basically
First and foremost I'd like to thank my mom thank you for raising two daughters on your own and making so many sacrifices to get me to where I am and where I'm going thank you to my family both near and far for showing me so much support and love throughout this journey especially my family in Virginia, LA, and Houston. I'd also really like to thank my friends you guys have been so understanding and so empathetic throughout this journey of mine. I've gotten so many late-night phone calls and texts of encouragement and FaceTime calls just to support me and help me gather strength for whatever my next step was and I'll always appreciate that.
I'd like to thank my mom and my dad my family my sisters everyone who supported me throughout my whole time in med school so it's been really important and you guys have been awesome
I want to thank my mom and dad who have been with me since day zero as well as my sister who's also a medical student they've been supporting me every step of the way and I continue to appreciate and cherish their support first steps to come.
To all my family to my friends to my loved ones to all our vtc faculty administration teachers support staff on the research mentors thank you so much for making my dreams a reality and I can't wait to see what VTC can do for the generations beyond us.
Thanks to all my family and all my friends and Mark my husband for supporting me the last four years and making it such a good experience
I just want to thank everyone for supporting me throughout this journey everyone has had their own way of doing it throughout my throughout my schooling and I'm thankful I couldn't have done it without them.
Just first one thank my parents and my fiance Nick and my brother Matty are and then on top of that I want to thank all all my friends and classmates at Virginia Tech Carilion as well as the faculty staff you know every single one of them just had such a lasting impact in my training here and I I truly can't thank them all enough for what they've done
I just want to thank all of our professors administrators because you know they really have prepared us to be great doctors
Very thankful for my parents who have helped me every step of the way my brothers my family my grandfather and all of my mentors and friends here at VTC
I want to thank my parents my mom my dad and my sister they have been my rocks even though they've been really far away this entire time I love you guys
Thank you to everyone here at VTC and thank you as well to my family and friends who've been a wonderful support system for me these last four years I couldn't have done it without you guys
I want to thank my parents for supporting me during my journey and I want to thank all my professors all my faculty here for teaching me how to become a good physician and supported me along the way so thank you so much everybody
I like to thank my parents my brothers my brothers Hannah Palmerton who's another medical student here who's helped me along the way and just the whole whole school you know professors clinicians classmates everyone has really helped everyone helps each other here
I'd like to thank my parents my family Ankida and her family as well as my sister and all my friends in Roanoke that are not part of the medical school that made this place very special and of course the faculty and staff that made this experience extremely enjoyable
Thanks to my parents there in Indiana but they've supported me above and beyond what I expected of them and I'm sure they're very proud of me thank you to my research mentor who got me a project and trained me well enough to do well and you know submit a publication and even go on a research presentation
I'll start by thanking my parents and brother and sister for being supportive of me throughout this whole journey it's been a long one I'd like to thank my girlfriend and her family as well who've sat through and kind of seen this go for the last four years and sort of wondering how long is this going to take what's going on but still nonetheless being supportive and also of course all of our faculty members here all of the community members here who from day one have come here and and told us hey we want you we we were part of the selection process we are excited to have you here and all of that has combined to have us be just such a high achieving class and I think that that's not something that you can do everywhere to have that level of buy-in from every every step of the process and it's been it's been an incredible experience I think
I would definitely love to thank all the physicians who took us under their wing and gave us the opportunity to interact in patient care and a special thank you to Dr. Knight who really guided me through the application process and supported me throughout and was always there throughout my M1 and M2 years all the way through graduation and communicating clearly with and being honest and really providing a sounding board for me. Thank you Dr. Knight for allowing me to grow and fostering my development as well I really appreciate it.
First and foremost I'd have to thank my fiancee Anna and then my parents hey mom dad love you guys thanks for all the support you guys believed in me even though even when I didn't then I'd like to just everyone else there's just too many people to list just know that I love you and I will be thanking each and every one of you individually.
We made it not in the form or fashion that we had expected but we made it and so to everybody congratulations for being here and I just wanted to say that it has been an honor for me personally to count myself amongst one of you brilliant and thoughtful and amazing incredible individuals every day wonder how I'm a part of such an amazing group and I'm very thankful to be a part of it.
There's been incredible hurdles. I think nothing bigger than a pandemic but we've been able to get through it because we've been incredible friends.
But one thing that I've noticed is how resilient our community has been in the Roanoke Valley as well as our school that is something that I will never forget and this pandemic happened but I will very much cherish the response of the community and the school to this crisis
I think that all of this happening just gives us more of a reason to get together sooner rather than later and I miss everybody and I can't wait to see where we go from here
This entire experience just reinforced the bonds that we have already built you know over the last few years it's really been time to really testify to the types of relationships that we formed and I think that's really special
I love you guys I'm so sorry that we couldn't have the big celebration that we all wanted to have but I still feel super connected to everybody and I plan on keeping in touch with all of you
I will always cherish the memories that I've built with you guys and I just can't wait to see where our journeys take us
I hadn't expected when I came to VTC that we would become such like a tight-knit almost family so thank you all for being there when I need you and supporting me through the last four years
You guys are gonna make the best physicians out there I have no doubt I really miss you all and thank you all for all the great memories of the past four years and all the fun we've had together
Well done you all deserve this we've dreamed about this from so long and I'm just so proud of each and every one of you and I can't wait to call you my peers as well friends and fellow physicians
Congratulations class of 2020.