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                  CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2013!


May 20, 2013

CONTACT:  Giselle Zayon, giselle.zayon@temple.edu



Class of 2013, Temple University School of Medicine.  Photos by Daniel Burke, Daniel Burke Photography.


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Two former Alaskan commercial fisherman, an award-winning guitarist, a former wildland firefighter, and dozens of other unique and accomplished young women and men graduated from Temple University School of Medicine on May 17, 2013.

The School’s 111th commencement, held in the Academy of Music on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, was electric with the exuberance of 189 students who earned the doctor of medicine degree; two who earned a dual doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy degree; 18, the doctor of philosophy degree; and 13 the Master of Science degree --amid the cheers and applause of hundreds of family members and friends.

Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Dean of the School of Medicine and President and CEO of the Temple University Health System, addressed the graduates and their loved ones.

“Now is the time for bold thinking among all health professionals,” he said. “We must work to enhance access to care, control costs, and improve quality — to provide the best possible care for our fellow citizens.”

Dean Kaiser reminded the new grads of the profound rewards and responsibilities of working in medicine.

“In what other profession can you experience this: Perfect strangers will entrust you with their lives,” he said. “Whatever changes may occur in how we deliver healthcare in this country, nothing is more important than the truly sacred doctor-patient bond.”

The graduation keynote speaker then took the stage: Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the organization that certifies postgraduate medical training programs nationwide.

He reminded the graduates that the graduation ceremony “is called commencement for a reason: it marks the entry point to the future.”

“Hold close to altruism, to the motivation that brought you to this profession,” he advised. “Your desire to do good for others will be a litmus, touchstone and bridge — through all kinds of circumstances in the days and years ahead,” he said.

Next Maureen Daly Moore, MD ’13, sang the praises of the faculty member the Class of 2013 selected as its yearbook dedicatee, her father: John M. Daly, MD, Harry C. Donahoo Professor of Surgery and Emeritus Dean of Temple University School of Medicine.

Daly thanked the graduates for honoring him with the yearbook dedication.

“My greatest legacy is teaching future generations, for they will go on to teach many more,” he said.

He reminded the graduates that those in the healing professions belong to a tradition thousands of years old. “Their titles and names have varied,” he said, “but their singular purpose remains constant: to heal.”

Class Co-President Jake Natalini, MD ’13, spoke on behalf of the entire class. He applauded the faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment. He also spoke about the importance of achieving balance. Balance between work and personal obligations, between confidence and humility, between certainty and doubt.

“So much of what we do in medicine revolves around uncertainty,” he said. “Uncertainty is what challenges us to take better care of our patients every day. Uncertainty is what can make a physician great.”

The degree-conferring ceremony followed, with Dean Kaiser and University trustees Solomon Luo, MD, and Phillip Richards presiding.

Among the new graduates were more than a dozen with family members who also graduated from the School of Medicine and/or who serve as faculty. In the Temple tradition, they joined the officials on stage to participate.

The new MD graduates will now embark on post-graduate training at Brown University, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Temple, and other leading institutions across the United States.

Echoing the recent promotional campaign for Temple University, Dean Kaiser noted: “You are all Temple Med and Temple-Made!”