Indiana University School of Medicine recognized more than 400 physicians and scientists as the graduating Class of 2018 during the annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Of the new physicians, nearly 30 percent will continue their medical training in residency programs throughout the State of Indiana, fulfilling the school’s commitment in preparing the next generation of physicians to care for Hoosiers.
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Research titan and world-renowned oncologist, Larry Einhorn, MD, gave this year’s keynote address. Best known for discovering a cure for testis cancer – a disease that once claimed the life of nearly every patient diagnosed – Dr. Einhorn remains the international expert on testicular cancer and continues to see patients from across the globe. In his address, he offered words of both encouragement and wisdom:
“Never lose your spirit of innovation, passion and thirst for knowledge,” said Einhorn. “You will become great physicians and scientists and will be responsible for future medical breakthroughs. Science will always remain the pursuit of truth without ideology.”
The group of graduates left a remarkable impression for Paul Wallach, MD, as his first graduating class since joining the school’s faculty this spring. A nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, Dr. Wallach currently serves as the executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement.
“The graduates of this class are particularly talented and engaged in both caring for and giving back to the communities they served during their time as medical students,” says Wallach. “They’re interested in making a difference in the quality of life for their patients.”
Similarly, Dr. Einhorn spoke about the impact the Class of 2018 has made on those to follow in their footsteps and to the true meaning of practicing medicine.
“You have left an indelible imprint upon future classes, as they too will be challenged by the emotional, physical and mental strain of becoming a physician. … Knowledge and, later, wisdom produces the blueprint for a good doctor, but our patients deserve better from us. We are healers, and what makes a great doctor is compassion as well as passion. A great doctor cares about his or her patients, not merely caring for them.”
Following the formal hooding ceremony, IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, led the new physicians in reciting the time-honored Physician’s Oath, promising, among other things, to practice their profession with conscience and dignity and always considering the health of their patients first.
In addition to the 407 doctorate- and- master-level degrees awarded, 80 associate and bachelor of science degrees were presented through the IU School of Medicine Health Professions Programs. These undergraduate degrees include clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, histotechnology, medical imaging technology, nuclear medicine technology, paramedic science, radiation therapy, radiography and respiratory therapy.
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