FIU celebrates first med school grads
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Thirty-three newly named doctors walked across the stage at Florida International University on Monday morning as the first ever graduating class of medical students from FIU.
Graduate Dr. Jillian Generosa said, "Everyone has been calling us pioneers, and I think that's what we are."
Graduate Dr. Kenji Ogura added, "It's an exciting moment for us. It took four years for us to get here."
One of Monday's medical school graduates is no stranger to the world of medicine. Trine Engebretsen received a liver transplant in 1985 when she was just 2 years old. She was the first Floridian to have it done and now she is going to be a liver transplant surgeon herself.
Today her and her husband have a child of their own and both are heading into the medical wold. Engebretsen said surgery is her calling. "I'm in love with the OR. I love the difference you can make with patients, and that's really where my heart is," said Engebretsen.
Her and 32 other young doctors are now heading into their chosen fields of medicine. They are the first ever from FIU, something they say will forever unite them.
Graduate Dr. Ogura said, "We are the first bunch that went through the experience together. We felt like a really good family and graduating all together feels like an amazing thing."
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