About to walk onto Ken Leonard Field at Cyclone Stadium for her graduation from SIU School of Medicine, Maria Mosley said she was having flashbacks of running sprints up and down the track during her days as a student at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.
“It’s amazing being from Springfield, ready to go into the stadium where we had track practice and now I’m about to graduate from med school,” Mosley said.
Mosley was one of 72 physicians, including 12 from the Springfield area, and three graduate students who received their diplomas.
Mosley had her own rooting section Saturday, including her parents, Drs. Robert and Katherine Hild-Mosley, both graduates of SIU Medical School, and her husband, Kenneth Colón.
Mosley will train in emergency medicine at New York Public Hospital-Columbia & Cornell-New York, so it will be a homecoming for Colón, who is from New York. The two met as undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame.
Mosley’s father is a gastroenterologist in Springfield. Her mother is an associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and an assistant director of obstetrics & gynecology residency program at the medical school.
Maria Mosley said she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps, though they clued her into the sacrifices it would take.
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“They said, ‘Maria, maybe you should go into something less stressful. Maybe you should try to get something that has evenings and weekends off,'” Mosley said. “As someone about to graduate now, I really cannot imagine myself doing anything else.
“This is something I’ve been working up to my whole life.”
SIU medicine dean and provost Dr. Jerry Kruse awarded diplomas to the medical students and SIU Systems president Daniel Mahony conferred the graduate degrees.
Established in 1970, the medical school is based dually in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities.
The new SIU physicians will begin residency training in their chosen specialties in July.
Among the other central Illinois graduates are John Belz of Springfield, who will train in pediatrics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City; Gregory Harpring of Sherman, who will train in OB-GYN at Advocate Health Care in Park Ridge; Emily Laugges of Springfield, who will train in pediatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine; Emily Lister of Sherman, who will train in family medicine at SIU School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Springfield; Andrew McClintock of Rochester, who will train in internal medicine at University of Louisville School of Medicine; Alexandria Mullink of Girard who will train in emergency medicine at SIU School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Springfield; Brett Nelson of Carlinville, who will train in emergency medicine at University of Louisville School of Medicine; Anthony Nestler of Springfield, who will train in orthopedic surgery at SIU School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Springfield; Claire Rebholz of Springfield, who will train in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri; Rachel Schmalshof of Auburn, who will train in emergency medicine at SIU School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Springfield and Tayler Shelton of Litchfield, who will train in family medicine at SIU School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals in Springfield.
Aundrea Marsh of Springfield received a master’s degree and will be working on a Ph.D. in microbiology at SIU School of Medicine.
Dr. Ron Romanelli ’83, who spent nearly four decades as a reconstructive orthopedic surgery specialist in Springfield before retiring last year, was honored with the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award while Dr. Erik Constance ’88, associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor, internal medicine and medical humanities at SIU School of Medicine, won the same award for 2020.
Dr. Constance Shabazz ’86 of Chicago won the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Service Award while Dr. Andrew Miller ’05 of Philadelphia was presented the Early Career Achievement Award.
Dr. Nancy Henry, an instructor in anatomy in Carbondale, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Stacy Sattovia, an associate professor in internal medicine in Springfield, and Class of 2021 graduate Dr. Alexander Worix received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
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