Published on May 18th, 2015
Inaugural Class of the Medical School of Temple University/ St. Luke’s University Health Network Graduates
On May 6, 2015, twenty-eight new doctors were presented with their respective medical degrees earned as the inaugural class of The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s University Health Network at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
After four years of intense study and clinical experience, the members of the Class of 2015 are taking the next step in their physician training – to their respective residencies where they will learn specialty medicine in their chosen area of interest.
“I am so proud of each and every one of these students as they receive their medical degrees. The honor of educating the physicians of tomorrow right here in Bethlehem is a dream come true for me personally and professionally,” said Dr. Joel Rosenfeld, MD, M.Ed, FACS, Chief Academic Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and Senior Associate Dean, Temple University School of Medicine. “These students are our next leaders in medicine, and they will carry on with the privilege of being a doctor and providing excellent care to patients.”
Student Awards – Class of 2015
Temple University School of Medicine’s Annual Awards Day Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 prior to the commencement ceremony.
Nominated faculty were acknowledged for special contributions to student education, and selected students in the Class of 2015 from The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s University Health Network were awarded for meritorious academic achievements and/or services to the school.
They include the following:
- Lea Jancic, Bedford, NH; Melissa Yacur, Bristow, VA and Matthew Zuber, Tamaqua, PA, were recognized for being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Honor Medical Society. For more information about Alpha Omega Alpha, please visit www.alphaomegaalpha.org/about.html
- Seven students were recognized for being elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. These students are Victoria Gilbert, Bethlehem, PA: Nicholas Julius, Mountain Top, PA; Sumit Patel, Floral Park, NY; Yuan Stevenson, Allentown, PA; Julia Tolentino, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Jessica Wagner, Littleton, CO; and Matthew Zuber, Tamaqua, PA.
- Matthew Zuber, Tamaqua, PA, was awarded the John Franklin Huber Award for excellence in the field of gross anatomy. He also received the Dr. Charles Schnall Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence for having the most outstanding performance in the clinical years.
- Mark Fegley, North Wales, PA, received The Edell Family Endowed Prize in Community Medicine awarded for commitment to community service.
Faculty from The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s University Health Network also won awards.
- Santo Longo, MD, Chief Emeritus of Pathology, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, Temple University School of Medicine, received the Drs. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Award for excellence in clinical teaching at a regional campus.
- James Anasti, MD, Program Director, OB/GYN Residency Program, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University School of Medicine, won the Blockley-Osley Award for excellence in bedside teaching at an affiliate hospital.
Special Moment – St. Luke’s Physician Father Presents Medical Degree to Son
Experiencing a special moment that not many proud fathers and sons get to experience, Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD, Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Professor, Temple University School of Medicine, presented his son and medical student Anshul Agarwala with his medical degree.
“Words cannot express the pride and happiness I felt when personally handing my son, Anshul, his medical degree,” said the senior Dr. Agarwala. “To be part of this special occasion and to be personally involved in that manner was truly a privilege.”
Medicine seems to run in this family, as Anshul’s mom and Sanjiv’s wife Mina Agarwala, MD, is a St. Luke’s primary care physician at St. Luke’s Northern Valley Primary Care. The Agarwala family resides in Bethlehem.
Eight Temple/St. Luke’s Medical Students to Continue at St. Luke’s University Health Network for Residencies
Students from the Class of 2015 who will continue their respective residency programs at St. Luke’s University Health Network include the following:
- Kevin Branch, Schnecksville, PA;
- Marissa Cohen of Roslyn, NY;
- Mark Fegley of North Wales;
- Steven Han of Cresskill, NJ;
- Lea Jancic of Bedford, NH;
- Edwin Layng of Summit, NJ;
- James Stoner of Lancaster; and
- Julia Tolentino of Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Local Students Among Class of 2015
Local students who are part of the Class of 2015 The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s University Health Network, who graduated on Wednesday night include some of the following:
- Anshul Agarwala of Bethlehem;
- Amber Horner of Pottstown;
- Nicholas (Nick) Julius, Mountain Top, PA;
- Kevin McVeigh of River Edge, NJ;
- Cori Shollenberger of Kutztown, PA;
- Yuan Stevenson of Allentown, PA; and
- Matthew Zuber of Tamaqua.