Surprised and humbled is how Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) alum Micah Renicker, MD, said he felt after learning his classmates nominated him as the May 2021 Commencement Speaker.
“My goal is to find a way to honor and celebrate my colleagues and their incredible accomplishments through rather extraordinary circumstances over the last four years,” said the March graduate, who will soon become a family medicine resident at the University of Tennessee-Jackson.
Renicker discovered his medical passion during a humanitarian mission in Asia before he enrolled in an undergraduate biology program at Eastern Washington University. “I knew I wanted a life of service so I could make a difference,” he said, adding his future plans. “I hope to be in private practice, serving an underserved population and providing them with quality access to quality care. I also hope to be extensively involved in international medical missions.”
The non-traditional student from Alaska began his career in construction business management. “When medicine drew me in, I was open to the full spectrum of specialties. But I felt like family medicine chose me because it pulled together all the aspects I wanted and the doctor-patient interaction that most closely fit to the kind of doctor I want to be.”
Renicker and his wife will move to Tennessee later this month and shortly after he begins residency, they will welcome their first born. “We’re so excited.” The author enjoys writing, photography, spending time with his family and participating in any outdoor activity. For future RUSM graduates, Renicker advises, “always remember why you want to be a physician and then do today’s work today. That’s what I believe sets you up for the best possible chance to finish strong and be successful.”
Please join us on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET as we virtually celebrate the RUSM graduating class of 2021, streamed on RUSM’s Facebook and YouTube pages. For questions or more information, please email the Events Team.