Profiles in Inspiration: Commencement 2023 Spotlights

Meet a few of this year’s graduates!
Collage of headshots of featured students

Tufts Now invited all the university’s schools to share the names of members of the Class of 2023 to convey to readers the creativity, intelligence, and drive of some of Tufts' newest (soon-to-be) alumni. Enjoy meeting some of this year’s graduates—prepare to be surprised, delighted...and inspired.

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Francesca Yi, M23

Francesca Yi, M23, poses for a portrait

"I knew when I was applying to med school that Tufts would be my first choice. My time here has proven me right: it’s a place that’s filled with brilliant, kind people, and they’ve inspired me to try to become the best version of a doctor."

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Rory Cawley, MBS23

 Rory Cawley, GSBS23, poses for a portrait

"Receiving a medical school acceptance is one of the proudest accomplishments of my life. It’s taken me almost 10 years to get to this point, and the journey has not been easy."

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Emma Webb, PA23

Emma Webb, M23, poses for a portrait

"My year of clinical rotations was by far my favorite part of the program. Compared to other programs, we had shorter rotations but across a larger number of specialties, which meant we got to see an extremely diverse range of medicine."

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Hardik Parikh, DPT22

Hardik Parikh, MG23 poses for a portrait

"A good clinician is sympathetic but a great one is empathetic. One of my clinical instructors was diligent about teaching us the difference."

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Tom Natan, MPH23

Tom Natan, MG23 poses for a portrait

"I entered here thinking that biostatistics was going to be it for me, because I really like data analysis and number crunching. I didn’t expect epidemiology classes to spark my interest as much as they did, but I really enjoyed them."

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James Miller, M23

James Miller, M23, poses for a portrait outside the Med Ed building

"One thing I am most proud of is a skill I developed at Tufts: the ability to attempt new things even when I’m not sure that I can do them."

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Carly Amon, M23/MPH23

Carly Amon, M23, poses for a portrait

"To me, working toward the master’s degree in public health has been a highlight of med school."

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