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Contact: Frank W. Wing                                                              June 15, 2009
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Dr. Robyn D. Wing and Dr. Miguel Concepcion  both graduated in 2001 from BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts.  They were delightfully surprised to meet up again as they started medical school at UMass Medical School in August of 2005.  Throughout 4 years of medical school, they have been close friends, supporting each other through the many trials and tribulations of med school training. They were both very active members of our class, as student leaders of various organizations, and participated in many community outreach and volunteer activities.  On Sunday June 7, 2009 they received their doctorate of medicine degrees from UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

UMass Medical School was  ranked fourth in primary care education among the nation’s 125 medical schools in the 2006 U.S.News & World Report annual guide, “America’s Best Graduate Schools”. UMMS is also a major center for research. In the past four decades, UMMS researchers have made advances in a broad range of disease families, from HIV and infectious diseases, to cancer and genetic disorders, to diabetes and immune disease. UMMS faculty discovered the link between the immune system and type 1 diabetes, developed cancer detection technology, found the genetic cause that underlies the third most common form of the muscular dystrophies, established the fundamental difference between HIV and other retroviruses and co-discovered RNA interference (RNAi), a naturally occurring gene-silencing process that has become a vital tool in research focused on such areas as diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cancer. Currently, UMMS scientists are making strides in collaborative efforts to develop vaccines for the avian flu, HIV and West Nile virus.


Dr.  Robyn Wing:  Received the "Chancellor's Award - the highest award given to a student by UMass Medical School.  This is both a peer and faculty-nominated award.  She was also awarded the American Medical Women's Association Award for outstanding leadership skills and excellence in women's medicine as a future female physician. Likewise, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA).  Students for AOA election are "picked not only for their high academic standing, but as well for leadership among their peers, professionalism and a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community"
Dr. Wing will be starting her pediatric residency training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in July.

Dr. Miguel Concepcion:
  Received both the 2007 Worcester Pipeline Collaborative and Outreach Programs Outstanding Mentor Award and the Worcester Consortium ALANA 2007 Multicultural Leadership Award. 
Dr. Concepcion will be starting his family medicine residency training at Tufts University Medical Center in July.

 Below are two pictures - one is from graduation and the other is of them from the oath ceremony they took with them in their new white coats.   I am also attaching Robyn's and Miguel's CVs.     Highlights would include:


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