Cardiothoracic Surgery Graduation

Congrats! Class of 2020

Congrats Class of 2020!

You did it!

You trained tirelessly and relentlessly. You refined your skills, found your passion for the specialities that you’re pursuing, and made an impact on the patients you cared for. 

You did all of this while a pandemic overturned our world and pressed you into service that wasn’t in the plan. 

Your training at Michigan Medicine prepared you to adapt to change, and we’re confident that you’ll handle whatever the world—and your surgery career—throws at you with grace, skill and professionalism.

To the graduating Cardiothoracic Chief Residents Drs. Jennifer Burg, Kellianne Kleeman, and Carlo Rosati:
As Theodore Roosevelt said*, “It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
*Words referring to gender have been changed.
You all know the triumph of high achievement, and we are proud to send you into the world as University of Michigan trained cardiothoracic surgeons. Best of luck in your future careers!

Drs. Chang and Kim, and the STG, STC, and Congenital faculty

With respect and admiration, the congenital faculty congratulate Vik Sood for completing his ACGME  congenital heart surgery residency and Reilly Hobbs for completing his non-ACMGE congenital heart surgery fellowship.
We have known Vik since he was an undergraduate. It has been our dream to train him for years and, if so lucky, to be able to one day call him our partner. We are overjoyed that we can say both! You have been an outstanding resident and we look forward to you joining our “congenital family”.  Thankfully we will have plenty of opportunities to raise a glass in your honor when we can.
Reilly has been part of the Michigan family for only 3 years. But, within just a few months, we realized he was so special that we totally changed our training paradigm to be able to keep him here for a non-ACGME fellowship.  As a result, we are thrilled that he is able to stay with us for the ACGME congenital residency.  Thankfully this is not a farewell but the beginning of the training he has worked hard to achieve for over 10 years. We are so proud to have you.  There will definitely be time for us to celebrate your accomplishments in the coming year.
Vik and Reilly, all the best for your promising careers ahead.

Ed Bove, Rick Ohye, Jenna Romano, Ming-Sing Si, and Peter Sassalos

Join Us in Celebrating

The world has changed around us, but that doesn’t mean we won’t commemorate your accomplishments. Join us by using #MichMedGrad and give a shout out to our Vascular Surgery graduates on Instagram and Twitter.

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Faculty members and fellow trainees recorded video messages to wish the class of 2020 congratulations.

Hear Program Director Dr. Chang reflect back on the graduates' time at Michigan Medicine.