Congratulations to our graduates!

The 2024 UW School of Medicine Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Physician’s Oath Ceremony was held on Friday, May 24, in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. 57 Spokane students were among the nearly 250 students who received their MD degrees at the event. 2024 marks the 75th graduating class of the school.

The graduation speaker, elected by the class of 2024, was Michael J. Stephens, MD, clinical assistant professor of Family Medicine, and a member of the Spokane Foundations faculty since 2015. Dr. Stephens urged the students to reflect on the words and meaning of the Physician’s Oath. He showed students his personal copy of the oath he took 30 years ago and still carries with him to this day as a reminder.

“The words you are about to say: They matter. And that you are saying them out loud, in front of us, matters. By saying the words of the oath, you’re sealing a covenant between you and the rest of us,” Dr. Stephens told the graduates before leading them through a reflection on the meaning of several lines.

A short video excerpt of his talk has already become the most-viewed video on the UW School of Medicine’s Instagram site. If you’d like to hear all of Dr. Stephen’s 15-minute talk, you can find it on our YouTube channel.

You can watch a livestream recording of the ceremony here. The event lasted two hours, so for your convenience, this link takes you to the Spokane student’s section of the investiture of the doctoral hoods.

Graduating UW School of Medicine Spokane student, Caitlin Quaempts (Yakama), receiving her blanket at the Blanket Ceremony for medical students who participated in the Indian Health Pathway.
Michael J. Stephens, MD, with Suzanne Allen, Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, UW School of Medicine.


Excited UW School of Medicine Spokane graduating students, backstage before becoming doctors!