Family and friends celebrated with 141 HYMS students who graduated at the University of York on Friday 17th July at a ceremony attended by the Chancellor of the University of York, Greg Dyke.
A reception was held following the ceremony at the Roger Kirk Centre where the graduates, their guests, staff and former students mingled and enjoyed drinks and canapes whilst a number of prizes were handed out.
The Dean of HYMS, Professor Trevor Sheldon, congratulated them all on their success. He said HYMS graduates were different, not just because of the curriculum or approaches to learning or teaching, but because they had seen first-hand what a difference good quality healthcare could make.
He pointed out that they were now all members of the HYMS alumni association, made up of doctors and academics all over the country and the world.
Abbie Brooks, chair of the HYMS Alumni Association and one of the very first cohort of HYMS graduates, spoke about the association and urged them all to stay in touch.
“The association is still in its infancy and we are developing ways in which we can help and support you in the future,” she said.
Prizes were awarded by HYMS Dean Professor Sheldon and Professor of Clinical Surgery and President of the HYMS Alumni Association Steve Leveson. They were as follows:
- The Founding Dean’s Award to Jessica Haslam and Caroline Clark
- The Alderson Medal , donated by the Medical Division of the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, awarded to the best performing student in clinical assessments in Phases II and III and The Dr Sanders Award for Best Performance in Year 5 Clinical Practice Examinations were both awarded to Jonathan Pawson.
- Best performance in the Year 5 written paper to Grace Duffy
- Best overall academic performance in Phase III to Anna Watson
- The Quality Improvement Project award, an award for excellent work in projects that enhance the quality of health care service provided by the local NHS was awarded to Amelia Bull, Alan Gopal, Louise Hitchman, Leigh Madison and David Smith for their project ‘Missing mums-to-be and smartphone technology: addressing antenatal clinic DNAs with novel use of a mobile application.’