Follow-Up

A surprise for medical school’s first grandmother

Karen Morris-Priester, M.D. ’07, who received her medical degree on May 28, hopes she’ll be remembered for more than being the first grandmother to graduate from the School of Medicine.“It’s kind of surprised me that that’s what people think about, because there’s a whole lot more that I’ve accomplished,” said the 44-year-old mother of five and grandmother of four, “but I’m not complaining, because it’s one reason I’ve been able to impact a lot of younger people.”Her story of deferred dreams, resolve and sacrifice [See “Long Road to Cedar Street,” Yale Medicine, Winter 2003] inspired her classmates and professors, who asked her to carry the school’s banner at Commencement. It also caught the eye of Oprah...

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