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Two Families United by UCR's School of Medicine—and Two Great Kids!
By Sanaa and Maher Tawfik, and Pat and Bill Hudson


Cindy Tawfik has envisioned herself a doctor since she was a toddler who declared at a family funeral, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a doctor and I’m going to find a cure for cancer.” In college at UCR, she contemplated pursuing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, but working as an emergency room scribe strengthened her passion for medicine and increased her interest in women’s health.

Parke Hudson’s two main interests growing up were playing baseball and football. When he left for college, medicine was the last thing on his mind.  At UCR he majored in biology, volunteered at Riverside Community Hospital, and tutored underprivileged youth, all of which helped Parke realize that he loved both science and people, and that medicine seemed a great way to bring those two passions together.

Despite the fact that we now believe Cindy and Parke were meant for each other, they did not meet until they both entered the UCR School of Medicine in August 2013.

From our perspective as parents, we can’t imagine how Cindy and Parke managed to find the time to fall in love, but fall in love they did, and they were married on May 27, 2017. Match Day on March 16 also marked another stage in their spending the rest of their lives together. Cindy has been accepted into the residency program in Obstetrics-Gynecology at UCR School of Medicine and Parke has been accepted into the residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Loma Linda University. 

Cindy’s and Parke’s School of Medicine Commencement / Hippocratic Oath ceremony will be June 1, 2018.  Their loving parents (and hardworking UCR Parents Association volunteers) have earned preferred seating for the graduation ceremony of both their daughter and their son, and we couldn’t be prouder! 

Soon-to-be Dr. Cindy Hudson and soon-to-be Dr. Parke Hudson plan to live in Riverside and fulfill their desire to practice medicine in the Inland Empire.

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