May 15, 2014
Jeffrey Silpe and Brett Hiroto were chosen by their class of graduating physicians as representatives and student speakers for American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine's 2014 Commencement Ceremonies. This year’s ceremonies will be held on May 17th at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort in Sint Maarten.
Before becoming a physician-in-training at AUC, Mr. Silpe earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in chemistry, at the University of Miami, Florida. While attending AUC, Mr. Silpe was a member of several student organizations, including the Student Government Association, and was involved in numerous service learning activities. He was a Dean’s List honoree and recipient of the Dr. Karl Stockhausen Student of the Semester Award. He earned a Certificate of Prosection and Anatomical Demonstration and became the Senior Head Teaching Assistant of Anatomy Lab. Mr. Silpe successfully secured a general surgery residency at University of Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He will be speaking at the morning ceremony which begins at 9:30 a.m.
Brett Hiroto joined the AUC community after graduating from the University of San Diego, California where he earned bachelor’s degree in biology, with minors in chemistry and theological and religious studies. While at AUC, Mr. Hiroto was an anatomy lab teaching assistant and biostatistics tutor. He also participated in and led community outreach activities. This included volunteering for Community Action Day events and forming a partnership between student groups and Sint Maarten’s Salvation Army. Mr. Hiroto is also a past president of AUC’s Alpha Omega Phi, an Honor and Service Society dedicated to encouraging and recognizing academic excellence, character, morality, and conduct befitting the field of medicine. Mr. Hiroto earned a residency appointment in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Hiroto will be speaking at the afternoon ceremony which begins at 2:30 p.m.