The graduation celebrations are particularly significant this year, as many of the School’s graduates will be joining the workforce early – taking up interim posts at hospitals across the region to help the NHS build capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Professor Una Macleod, Dean of the Medical School and a GP herself, said: “Today represents the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication which started long before coming to Medical School.
“I am delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements of our Class of 2020, alongside my colleagues and our NHS partners who have supported them on their journey.”
Dr Jacob Mercer Holland is one of the Class of 2020 whose achievements was celebrated at the event, which took place on April 30.
He said: “I am extremely proud to be part of the celebrations today. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work in some form of public service, but it wasn’t until the age of 15 that I distinctly remember deciding that I wanted to be a doctor.
“At the age of six my father was diagnosed with Leukaemia and was only able to survive due to the development of imatinib, a groundbreaking drug in the development of targeted cancer therapy. And at the age of 10 my gran underwent major heart surgery.
“Later in my childhood my grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and during the latter stages of his illness I became involved in his care. As a result, of these experiences I became aware of the difference that healthcare professionals can make to people’s lives and this is what inspired me to become a doctor.
“I am grateful for the support of staff across the School, from clinical and academic tutors to student liaison and support colleagues, who have shared their knowledge and inspired and supported me and my classmates as we progressed through Medical School.
“Hull York Medical School is a strong and supportive community and from my very first day I have felt welcomed into that community and made to feel at home.”