Last Student In — First Graduate Out

Mary Burke, M.D. ’81

Mary Burke, M.D. was one of three women in the first class to graduate from the School of Medicine Columbia in 1981. She began her schooling at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and transferred to UofSC when her husband accepted a position as a chemistry professor.

“I have always said I was the last one because of the transfer,” she says, “and I was the first one out because my name was called first at graduation.”

Medicine has been a rewarding career for Burke, especially having the opportunity to teach.

“Much of my career was teaching-related,” she adds. “I love working with the residents because they challenge you and teach you as much as you teach them because you have to keep up with new information.”

Read the full story, written by Margaret Gregory, on the College of Pharmacy website.

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