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Indiana University School of Medicine graduates 379 doctors, scientists Saturday


INDIANAPOLIS — Years of hard work will be rewarded with diplomas Saturday, May 11, when the Indiana University School of Medicine will graduate 379 doctors, scientists and researchers.

Saturday’s commencement will begin at 10 a.m. in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center. On Sunday, May 12, IUPUI commencement ceremonies will fill the Convention Center Halls A, B and C.

The IU School of Medicine will award:

-          302 Doctor of Medicine degrees

-          32 Doctor of Philosophy degrees

-          34 Master of Science degrees

-          4 Master of Science in clinical research degrees

-          1 Master of Science in translational science degree

-          6 Master of Science in medical science degrees

Also on Saturday, Damon T. Farar will receive his Doctor of Medicine degree posthumously. A native of Arizona, Farar passed away while visiting family in December.

Saturday’s keynote address will be given by Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International.

IU Executive Vice President and IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, Ph.D., and D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean and Walter J. Daly Professor at the IU School of Medicine and IU vice president of university clinical affairs, will speak to the new graduates and present diplomas. This will be Dr. Brater’s 13th graduation as dean of the IU School of Medicine; it will also be his last. He is retiring this summer after 27 years at the medical school in various roles, including chairman of the IU Department of Medicine.

A special segment of the ceremony is reserved for the newly named physicians. Following the formal hooding ceremony, the new doctors will repeat in unison 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 and foremost.