College of Medicine – Tucson honors newest class of doctors

May 15, 2024
Two University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson professors place a ceremonial graduation hood over the shoulders of their daughter. All are dressed in caps and gowns and smiling.

Meghana Partha, MD, is hooded by her parents, Indu Partha, MD, and Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, who both teach in the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, during the college’s class of 2024 commencement ceremony at Centennial Hall on May 9.

Photo by Noelle Haro-Gomez, UArizona Health Sciences Office of Communications

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson celebrated the graduation of more than 100 new physicians during its 2024 spring commencement at Centennial Hall. The new physicians will begin residency training programs this summer, dispersed across 66 graduate medical education training centers in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Seven of the graduates participated in the college’s MD/PhD dual-degree program and previously earned doctorates.

“The students in the class of 2024 will always be special to me because they are the first to complete all four years of their medical education during my tenure,” said Michael M.I. Abecassis, MD, MBA, the Humberto and Czarina Lopez Endowed Dean of the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. “What’s more, they began at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only presented a tremendous challenge but a truly unique learning opportunity. Throughout their medical education journey, they have shown tremendous resilience, dedication and compassion, and we look forward to the transformative impact they will have as physicians.”

Degrees were conferred by University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, MD, and Dean Abecassis administered the Hippocratic Oath to the graduates.

While most graduates were hooded by their faculty mentors, those with an immediate family member who is a physician can request to be hooded by them. 

A version of this story, along with profiles of some of the new physicians, can be found on the College of Medicine – Tucson website.