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2017 Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences ceremony

2017 Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences ceremony


TIME AT OUR UNIVERSITY YOU HAVE
SEEN THE HASHTAG ROWAN PROUD ATTACHED TO ANY NUMBER OF
THINGS, FROM STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT TO ALUMNI ACTIVITIES, CONTESTS
TO THE JEAN AND RICK EDELMAN FOSSIL PARK ATHLETIC
COMPETITIONS TO SPECIAL EVENTS. ALL OF THESE HAVE MADE THE ROWAN
COMMUNITY PROUD. BUT PERHAPS THE PROUDEST DAY OF
ANY YEAR, PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT WE MARK IS RIGHT NOW. COMMENCEMENT.
PACEMAKERS CAVALIERI BOYD BUSER. THOMAS CAVALIERI BOYD ROW IN AN /TPHAPB /PHEUS /TREU SPEAKER: WELCOME TO ROWAN UNIVERSITY’S 2017 COMMENCEMENT
CEREMONIES. THE PROCESSIONAL IS READY TO
BEGIN. PLEASE SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES
AND PLEASE REMAIN SEATED DURING THE PROCESSIONAL SO EVERYONE CAN SEE.
THANK YOU. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE DR. THOMAS
CAVALIERI. [ APPLAUSE ] GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME TO
GOOD AFTERNOON WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR ALL OF US.
WELCOME TO THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES COMMENCEMENT
CEREMONY. PLEASE STAND FOR THE NATIONAL
ANTHEM WHICH WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE ROWANSOM CHORAL GROUP,
THE PACEMAKERS. O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S
EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT
THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE THE
BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG
WAS STILL THERE OH, SAY, DOES THAT
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PACEMAKERS. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE OUR SPECIAL GUESTS. I WOULD ASK YOU TO PLEASE HOLD
THE APPLAUSE UNTIL EVERYBODY HAS BEEN INTRODUCED.
YOU CAN BE SEATED. FIRST I WANT TO RECOGNIZE FROM
ROWAN UNIVERSITY HERE AT THE CENTRAL CAMPUS, OUR PRESIDENT
DR. ALI HOUSHMAND AND I WANT TO EXTEND OUR APPRECIATION TO HIM
FOR HIS ONGOING SUPPORT FOR OUR STRAT FORD CAMPUS AND THE SCHOOL
OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE FROM
ROWAN ADMINISTRATION DR. KENTUCKY BLANK OUR SENIOR VICE
PRESIDENT FOR HEALTH SCIENCES. ALSO JAMES NEWELL, MEMBERS OF
THE ROWAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES THAT ARE HERE, MR. CHAD BRUHNER WHO
IS THE VICE CHAIR, DR. BARBARA CHAMBERLAIN, DR. THOMAS GALLIA DR. LINDA BOYD SENIOR
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND OUR DISTINGUISHED
ALUMNUS REWARD RECIPIENT. AND ALSO JOINING US FROM THE
STRATFORD CAMPUS ARE A NUMBER OF OUR ASSISTANT DEANS, DEPARTMENT
CHAIRS AND INSTITUTE DIRECTORS. A NUMBER OF DISTINGUISHED GUESTS
AND OTHER INVITEES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE, DR. BOYD
BUSER OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER MR. WILLIAM WEEKS PRESIDENT OF THE
CLASS OF 2017, DR. JOHN BERTAGNOLLI PRESIDENT OF THE
ROWAN SOM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. DR. IRA MONKA, DR. OTTO SEBANDO,
PRESIDENT OF THE NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF
OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SURGES.
THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF KENNEDY HEALTH, THE PRESIDENT
AND CEO OF THE LORD’S HEALTH SYSTEM.
THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF INSPIRA HEALTH NETWORK, THE
DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL EDUCATION AT INSPIRA.
DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL EDUCATION OF CARE POINT.
COLONEL LISA HOWELL STATE SURGEON AND MEDICAL COMMAND
COMMANDER OF NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARD.
DR. RICH GERMAN IS SERVING AS OUR GRAND MARSHAL THIS YEAR. THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ] GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS CHAD
BRUNER AND I AM THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME GRADUATES OF
THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, YOUR FAMILIES AND
FRIENDS TO ROWAN UNIVERSITY ON BEHALF OF FACULTY, STAFF AND
ADMINISTRATORS. I AM FORTUNATE TODAY TO SHARE A
FEW WORDS WITH EXCEPTIONAL GRADUATES FROM ONE OF OUR
EXCELLENT MEDICAL PROGRAMS. I AM HUMBLED BY YOUR PASSION TO
CHOOSE SUCH AN HONORABLE CAREER PATH. I ADMIRE YOUR DEDICATION
AND APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE TODAY.
THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE FIRSTHAND A WORLD
AND A SOCIETY THAT INEVITABLY CHANGES EVERY DAY. THESE CHANGES
MAY BE VERY CHALLENGING. THESE CHANGES COULD REFLECT NEW
RESEARCH THAT SHIFTS THE LANDSCAPE OF MEDICINE OR NEW
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES THAT YOU MAY NOT BE COMFORTABLE WITH. I
AM POSITIVE, HOWEVER, THAT YOU WILL ADAPT JUST LIKE YOU HAVE
THUS FAR IN YOUR ACADEMIC PURSUITS. BUT REALIZE THIS, IT WON’T BE EASY. IT SHOULDN’T BE EASY. IT
IS NOT MEANT TO BE EASY. I URGE YOU TO EMBRACE CHANGE, NOT
RESIST IT. ACCEPT THE DISCOMFORT OF THE
CHANGES AHEAD, AS DISCOMFORT INDICATES THAT CHANGE IS ABOUT
TO HAPPEN. PUSH THROUGH THAT DISCOMFORT; IF IT DOESN’T
CHALLENGE YOU, IT WILL NOT CHANGE YOU.
REMEMBER, IF YOU DON’T LIKE CHANGE, I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU
WILL LIKE IRRELEVANCE EVEN LESS. SO, I OFFER YOU THIS AS ADVICE
AS YOU MOVE ALONG THE CAREER LADDER:
FIRST, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE BUILDING SKILLS.
YOUR ABILITIES, KNOWLEDGE, INTELLIGENCE AND TALENT CAN ONLY
TAKE YOU SO FAR. YOU SHOULD ASPIRE TO CONTINUE
BUILDING YOUR SKILLSETS. BUILD SKILLS EVERY DAY TO CONSISTENTLY
GET BETTER. DON’T BECOME COMPLACENT.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GROW BEYOND YOUR TALENT.
SECOND, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD CREDIBILITY AND EARN TRUST
THROUGH – CHARACTER, COMPETENCE, AND CONNECTION!
CHARACTER IS YOUR ETHICAL TRUST. YOU BUILD IT BY CONSISTENTLY
DOING WHAT YOU SAY YOU WILL DO. COMPETENCE IS YOUR TECHNICAL
TRUST. YOU BUILD IT THROUGH DOING YOUR JOB OVER AND OVER AT
AN EXCEPTIONAL LEVEL. CONNECTION IS YOUR PERSONAL
TRUST. YOU BUILD IT THROUGH REPEATEDLY CARING, LISTENING,
AND FULLY ENGAGING WITH PEOPLE. BY DEVELOPING CREDIBILITY AND
TRUST, YOU WILL CREATE A VERY STRONG BOND THAT WILL ASSIST YOU
ON YOUR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL JOURNEYS.
THIRD, IN LIFE, IT IS INEVITABLE THAT YOU WILL BE PRESENTED WITH
SOME TYPE OF CHALLENGING EVENT. CERTAIN OUTCOME.
WE DO NOT DIRECTLY CONTROL THE EVENTS IN LIFE, AND WE DO NOT
DIRECTLY CONTROL THE OUTCOMES. BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE CONTROL OVER
HOW WE CHOOSE TO RESPOND, AND HOW WE RESPOND MEANS EVERYTHING.
EVERY DAY YOU WILL MAKE DECISIONS THAT REQUIRE A CERTAIN
RESPONSE. ACTIONS YOU TAKE OR NOT TOWARDS
THE PURSUIT OF YOUR GOALS, WHETHER TO GIVE UP PERSEVERE
THROUGH OBSTACLES YOU EXPERIENCE; OR HOW YOU CHOOSE TO
INTERACT WITH PEOPLE AT WORK OR WITH FAMILY AT HOME.
AND HOW YOU RESPOND MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENJOY EACH MOMENT ALONG YOUR
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL PATHWAY.
I LOOK OUT AND SEE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU.
I LOOK OUT AND SEE HOPE FOR YOU. I LOOK OUT AND SEE PROMISE IN
YOU. I LOOK OUT AND SEE A BRIGHT
FUTURE FOR ALL OF YOU. CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2017. [ APPLAUSE ] GOOD AFTERNOON.
LET ME START BY SAYING ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE ROWAN COMMUNITY,
I, ALI HOUSHMAND AS THE PRESIDENT OF ROWAN UNIVERSITY, I
JUST LOVE ROWAN, I MEAN SOM. ROWAN SOM.
ROWAN SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE.
YOUR ADDITION TO OUR UNIVERSITY HAS MADE US SO MUCH BETTER WE
ARE SO DELIGHTED THAT YOU ARE HERE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES TO
CELEBRATE ON THIS WONDERFUL DAY. EVERYBODY WELCOME.
I CAN’T PREDICT WHO AMONG YOU WILL BRING A STRUGGLING BABY
INTO THE WORLD AND SEND HIM HOME WITH RELIEVED PARENTS A MONTH LATER. I CAN’T PREDICT WHO AMONG
YOU WILL REPAIR THE HEART OF A YOUNG MOTHER WHO GETS TO LIVE TO
SEE HER GRANDCHILDREN GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. I CAN’T PREDICT WHICH OF YOU WILL FIND A CURE
FOR A DEVASTATING ILLNESS. WHAT I CAN PREDICT IS THAT EVERY
ONE OF YOU ABOUT TO GRADUATE TODAY FROM THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MANY, MANY LIVES.
THAT IS WHAT THOSE IN HEALTH CARE DO.
WHETHER PHYSICIANS OR RESEARCHERS OR PUBLIC HEALTH
ADMINISTRATORS OR SCIENCE WRITERS OR OTHER PROFESSIONALS. I KNOW THIS HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY ROAD FOR ANY ONE OF YOU.
IT TOOK A GREAT DEAL TO REACH THIS DAY.
THE INTELLECTUAL GIFTS YOU WERE GIVEN, THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY,
FRIENDS AND EDUCATORS FROM YOUR EARLIEST DAYS ON; YOUR OWN
PASSION, DRIVE, COMMITMENT AND WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE. YOU
HAVE STUDIED WHEN OTHERS HAVE SOCIALIZED. YOU HAVE SPENT SUMMERS WITH BOOKS, ACTUALLY
COMPUTERS THESE DAYS, IN FONT OF YOU INSTEAD OF ON THE BEACH.
YOU HAVE WORKED HARD AND GIVEN MUCH.
ALL OF THAT HAS SERVED YOU WELL. SO, TOO, HAVE ROWAN SOM AND GRADUATE SCHOOL
OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. REGARDLESS OF THE PROGRAM IN
WHICH YOU WERE ENROLLED, DURING YOUR TIME HERE YOU HAVE STUDIED
AND WORKED WITH EXCEPTIONAL PHYSICIANS AND EDUCATORS. YOU
HAVE DEVELOPED THE CLINICAL SKILLS NEEDED TO BECOME FIRSTCLASS CAREGIVERS. YOU HAVE
CONTRIBUTED TO RESEARCH THAT ALREADY IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. YOU HAVE CELEBRATEED LIFE’S
BEGINNINGS AND CONSOLED THOSE AFFECTED BY ITS END.
AND MAY I ADD, YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD.
TODAY, OF COURSE, IS A MAJOR MILESTONE AS YOU PURSUE YOUR
CAREERS, WHETHER THEY ARE IN FRONT OF PATIENTS, MICROSCOPES
OR BOARD MEMBERS. ROWAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL
SCIENCES CLASS OF 2017, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE
CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH YOUR CAREERS AND YOUR LIVES,
STAY IN TOUCH. VISIT.
GIVE BACK. HELP THE MEDICAL AND RESEARCH STUDENTS WHO FOLLOW IN
YOUR FOOTSTEPS. REMEMBER WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, AND SHARE IT
WITH OTHERS. CHANGE LIVES.
I TRUST YOU WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE US VERY PROUD.
CONGRATULATIONS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL CELEBRATION TODAY.
THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU, DR. HOUSHMAND. MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2017, IT
HAS BEEN MY PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS YOUR DEAN AND GET TO KNOW YOU – A TRULY DYNAMIC GROUP OF INTELLIGENT, MOTIVATED AND
COMPASSIONATE MEN AND WOMEN. I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES THAT OUR
STUDENTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR SCHOOL.
YOUR SELFLESS SPIRITS AND INSPIRING CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR
UNIVERSITY HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON THE HEARTS OF
OUR FACULTY, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATORS. TO OUR GRADUATING PHYSICIANS, WE
ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE CLASS OF 2017, WHICH HAVE ENRICHED SOM IN MANY WAYS. I WOULD LIKE TO
HIGHLIGHT TWO SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS:
FIRST, YOU WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPING THE SCHOOL’S COMMUNITY GARDEN, WHERE
STUDENTS, FACULTY AND ALUMNI HAVE GATHERED TO SHARE THEIR
APPRECIATION FOR PLANTING, NURTURING, AND HARVESTING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
IN FACT, THE CLASS MUST HAVE LEARNED THAT MY FAVORITE FOOD IS
EGGPLANT PARMAGIANA, EVERY NOW AND THEN
A FRESH EGGPLANT WOULD SHOW UP ON MY DESK.
THIS CLASS ALSO LED AN EFFORT TO BUILD AWARENESS ABOUT
INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND ACTION THROUGH THE I.D.E.A. COUNCIL, A STUDENT GROUP WORKING TO PROMOTE
DIALOGUE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INQUIRY AMONG A COMMUNITY OF INDIVIDUALS WITH VARIED
BACKGROUNDS, GOALS AND INTERESTS. THE WORK COMING FROM THIS CLASS
OF THE I.D.E.A. COUNCIL HELPS TO INCORPORATE SOM’S CORE VALUE OF
DIVERSITY INTO OUR LIVES AND ADVANCES THE SCHOOL’S MISSION TO
DEVELOP CLINICALLY SKILLFUL, COMPASSIONATE AND CULTURALLY COMPETENT PHYSICIANS
FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS. WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK
YOU’VE DONE IN THIS REGARD. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF ALL YOU
HAVE ACHIEVED, KNOWING THESE EXPERIENCES WILL HELP YOU AS YOU
MOVE ON TO SERVE YOUR GREAT INTERNS AND RESIDENTS IN
THE NEXT PHASE OF YOUR CAREER. IN AUGUST 2013, YOURS BECAME THE
FIRST CLASS TO ENTER AS STUDENTS OF ROWAN UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE. THIS WAS A HISTORIC MOMENT AND A GREAT MOMENT FOR OUR SCHOOL.
ON THAT SAME DAY, ALUMNUS DR. LESLY D’AMBOLA, THE KEYNOTE
SPEAKER FOR YOUR WHITE COAT CEREMONY.
SHE’S WITH US TODAY, BUT I WANT TO RECALL WHAT SHE SAID TO YOU
AT WHUR WHITE COAT CEREMONY. SHE WENT ON TO SHARE A VISION
FOR YOUR FUTURE, STATING, IN THIS CLASS, THERE ARE GOING TO
BE HANDS THAT DELIVER BABIES; THERE ARE GOING TO BE HANDS THAT WILL
TOUCH A PERSON WHO IS LEAVING THIS LIFE. THIS CLASS WILL HAVE
HANDS THAT PERFORM LIFE-SAVING SURGERY. GOD BLESS YOUR HANDS. GRADUATES, TODAY YOU JOIN
THOUSANDS OF YOUR FELLOW D.O. COLLEAGUES TO RESPONSIBLY CARE FOR THE WHOLE PERSON – MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT. AS SOMTRAINED AS ROWAN SOM TRAINED PHYSICIANS,
YOU EMBODY THE MOST HUMBLING AND FULFILLING PARTS OF OUR
SHARED PROFESSIONAL MISSION TO HEAL, TO COMFORT, AND TO
AFFIRM THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE.
LIFE. IN THE WELL-KNOWN PHYSICIAN’S
PRAYER IT SAYS: GIVE SKILL TO MY HANDS, CLEAR
VISION TO MY MIND, KINDNESS AND SYMPATHY TO MY HEART. GIVE ME
SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE, STRENGTH TO LIFT AT LEAST A PART OF THE
BURDEN OF THE SUFFERING OF HUMANITY, AND A TRUE REALIZATION
OF THE RARE PRIVILEGE THAT IS MINE. INDEED, THE FUTURE HOLDS A RARE
AND SPECIAL PRIVILEGE AS AS YOE OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS
AND WITH THIS PRIVILEGE COMES A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.
THE OSTEOPATHIC OATH YOU WILL SOON RECITE IS A COVENANT OF
TRUST, BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR PATIENTS; IT IS A COMMITMENT TO
PROTECT AND TO CARE FOR THOSE YOU WILL SERVE. TO OUR MASTER’S AND PH.D. GRADUATES, ONE OF THE FOUR
TENETS OF THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION AFFIRMS QUALITY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IS A CRITICAL PART OF ALL THE
OVERALL MISSION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE, AND THE GRADUATE
SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES IS A TESTAMENT OF THIS COMMITMENT. YOU HAVE WORKED TO UNRAVEL THE
MYSTERIES OF LIFE, SEARCHING FOR NEW TREATMENTS THAT WILL
RESTORE AND MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH. FOR
YEARS, YOU HAVE STUDIED, ASSISTED OTHER STUDENTS IN THE
LABS, AND PERFORMED RESEARCH BY DAY WHILE ATTENDING CLASS IN THE
EVENING. YOU HAVE MADE COUNTLESS PERSONAL SACRIFICES IN
PURSUIT OF THE GOAL YOU HAVE REACHED.
TODAY, WE CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT AS YOU JOIN MORE THAN 700 ALUMNI OF YOUR SCHOOL
WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED NEW KNOWLEDGE IN THE BIOMEDICAL
DISCIPLINES. AS YOU CONTINUE – WHETHER IN
ACADEMIC OR INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH OR BY
CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION – YOUR SOLID FOUNDATION OF BIOMEDICAL
RESEARCH WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER. AS WE HONOR ALL THE GRADUATES, I
WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN
INDISPENSABLE IN HELPING OUR GRADUATES ACHIEVE THIS WONDERFUL
DAY OF CELEBRATION. TO OUR FACULTY, WE ARE FORTUNATE
TO HAVE THE FINEST PHYSICIANS AND SCIENTISTS WHO ARE DEDICATED
TO EDUCATING FUTURE LEADERS IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE. THANK YOU OUR FACULTY AND OUR CHAIRS FOR THEIR CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO
EDUCATION, PATIENT CARE, AND RESEARCH AT BOTH SOM AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL
SCIENCES, AND YOUR WORK IS REFLECTED IN THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF
OUR ALUMNI FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.
AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE FAMILY, THE PARENTS, THE
SPOUSES, THE LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS.
OUR THANKS GOES OUT TO YOU. OUR STUDENTS COULD NOT
ACCOMPLISH WHAT THEY’VE ACCOMPLISHED ALONE.
YOUR CONSTANT SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT, SUPPORT AND
UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINED OUR STUDENTS AND WILL CONTINUE TO
SERVE THEM IN THEIR PROFESSIONS. SO THANK YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU
HAVE DONE TO HELP US PREPARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF OSTEOPATHIC
PHYSICIANS AND SCIENTISTS. NOW I’M GOING TO ASK THE
GRADUATES TO PLEASE RISE AND TO FACE THE PEOPLE MOST IMPORTANT
IN YOUR LIVES. THAT IS YOUR PARENTS, YOUR
SPOUSES, YOUR BROTHERS, SISTERS, LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS WHO ARE
HERE TO SUPPORT YOU TODAY, AND PLEASE GIVE YOUR FAMILY AND
LOVED ONES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ]
OKAY. PLEASE BE SEATED NOW.
ON BEHALF OF THE ROWAN SOM AND GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR BIOMEDICAL
SCIENCES FACULTY, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION, PLEASE ACCEPT
OUR CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND BEST WISHES
FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUCCESS AS YOU EMBARK ON THE NEXT PHASE OF
YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREERS. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ] IT IS NOW A GREAT HONOR FOR ME
INTRODUCE DR. BOYD BUSER, THE 120TH PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN
OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION AND TODAY’S COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. DR. BUSER IS A BOARD-CERTIFIED
PHYSICIAN IN BOTH OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE MEDICINE AND FAMILY
MEDICINE, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR HEALTH AFFAIRS AND
DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE-KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE. PREVIOUSLY, HE SERVED AS THE
INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT AND DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW
ENGLAND-COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE IN MAINE.
THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, DR. BUSER HAS BEEN UNMATCHED IN HIS
DEDICATION TO THE OSTEOPATHIC PROFESSION. HE IS CERTIFIED AND FOREMOST A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN AND A
ALSO A SPECIALIST AND LEADER IN THE FIELD OF OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL
MEDICINE. HIS COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION IS
EVIDENCED BY HIS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AT TWO OF THE
COUNTRY’S PREMIER OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGES.
BEFORE HIS INAUGURATION AS PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN
OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION, DR. BUSER SERVED THE ORGANIZATION IN
SEVERAL IMPORTANT CAPACITIES, INCLUDING SERVICE AS CHAIR OF
THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND THE BUREAU OF
OSTEOPATHIC GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT. AMONG HIS MANY HONORS, DR. BUSER
IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE A.T. STILL MEDALLION OF HONOR, THE
RILAND MEDAL FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE PIONEER OF OSTEOPATHIC
MEDICINE AWARD. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING
VERY CLOSELY WITH DR. BUSER WHEN HE WAS CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF
THE NATIONAL BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL EXAMINERS.
HIS CHAIRMANSHIP OCCURRED DURING A TIME WHEN THERE WAS A GREAT
NEED FOR STRONG LEADERSHIP OF OUR PROFESSIONS’ HIGH STAKES
EXAM. THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP AND
EVIDENCE, COMLEX EMERGED AS AN INTERNATIONALLY HIGHLY RESPECTED
LICENSURE EXAM FOR OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS.
MORE RECENTLY, HIS STRONG RECENTLY IT WOULD BE
DEMONSTRATED AGAIN IN HIS EFFORTS TO CHAMPION THE SINGLE
GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SYSTEM.
THIS EFFORT WOULD REALLY TRANSFORM GRADUATE MEDICAL
EDUCATION WITHIN OUR NATION, ENABLING THE PHILOSOPHY,
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE TO PERMEATE
THE NATIONAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SYSTEM, ULTIMATELY
AIMED AT IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CARE OF THE CITIZENS OF OUR
NATION. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DR.
BUSER TO THE 2017 COMMENCEMENT FOR SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC
MEDICINE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. [ APPLAUSE ]
SPEAKER: THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL WORDS.
THE UNIVERSITY IS EXTREMELY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH TALENTED
LEADERSHIP IN ITS PRESIDENT, DEAN AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND
TO HAVE YOUR STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC
MEDICINE AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.
YOUR LEADERSHIP IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US.
I DO NEED TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT YOUR DEAN, DR. CAVALIERI.
TOM AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR OVER 20 YEARS ON MANY
PARTNER TASKS, INCLUDING THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION FOR THE
ADVANCEMENT OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION.
BUT HIS WORK IN PRESERVING THE DISTINCTIVENESS OF OUR
PROFESSION THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE NATIONAL BOARD
OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL EXAMINERS DURING A MOST CRITICAL
TIME IN ITS HISTORY CANNOT BE OVEREMPHASIZED.
HE TALKED ABOUT MY LEADERSHIP IN MBOME BUT WHAT HE DIDN’T TELL
YOU IS THAT HE PRECEDED ME IMMEDIATELY AS THE PRESIDENT AND
CHAIR OF THE MBOME. I JUST TRIED TO BE LIKE HIM AND
TO DO AS WELL AS HE DID. YOU KNOW, AND TOM IS SUCH A
HUMBLE LEADER, YOU WOULD PROBABLY NEVER HEAR HIM TALK
ABOUT IT. DR. CAVALIERI IS ALSO ONE OF THE
TRUE GENTLEMEN OF OUR PROFESSION, AND WE OWE MANY
THANKS FOR HIS TIRELESS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THE OSTEOPATHIC
PROFESSION. THANK YOU, TOM.
[ APPLAUSE ] PRESIDENT HOUSHMAND, VICE
PRESIDENT BLANK, DEAN CAVALIERI, ROWAN UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES,
FACULTY, STAFF, AND MEMBERS OF THE 2017 GRADUATING CLASS OF
OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND THE GRADUATES OF THE SCHOOL OF
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO ADDRESS YOU HERE
TODAY. AS WE CELEBRATE TODAY, IT’S
IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND MENTORS WHO
HAVE SUPPORTED AND CHEERED FOR YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
I KNOW THEIR LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT ARE A KEY REASON
YOU ARE HERE. NO ONE ACHIEVES SOMETHING THIS
IMPORTANT ALONE. I KNOW I WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY
WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY MY WONDERFUL
WIFE PAM. WE JUST LAST FALL CELEBRATED OUR
40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. [ APPLAUSE ]
YES, THAT’S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD ALL ASPIRE TO.
JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO WE WERE SITTING ON OUR PATIO IN
PIKEVILLE RELAXING WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND I HEARD HER SAY I
LOVE YOU SO MUCH, I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU.
AND OF COURSE I THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY NICE, BUT I HAD TO MAKE A
JOKE OUT OF IT. SO I SAID IS THAT YOU OR IS THAT
THE WINE TALKING? [ LAUGHTER ]
AND SHE SAID OH, IT WAS ME, BUT I WAS TALKING TO THE WINE.
[ LAUGHTER ] CLASS OF 2017, YOU ARE NOW
JOINING A PROUD PROFESSION. ONE THAT VALUES THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN PHYSICIAN AND PATIENT THAT SEEKS HEALTH IN OUR
PATIENTS, AND THAT RECOGNIZES THAT A PERSON’S STATE OF HEALTH
DEPENDS ON THE BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT.
TODAY OUR NATION FACES MANY CHALLENGES TO BUILDING A HEALTHY
POPULATION. WE’RE FACING A GROWING PHYSICIAN
SHORTAGE IN MANY PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY.
WE CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE WITH PREVENTING AND MANAGING CHRONIC
DISEASES AND ADDRESSING ACCESS DISPARITIES IN THE POPULATION
THAT PREVENTS CITIZENS FROM GETTING THE HEALTH CARE THEY
NEED, WHERE AND WHEN THEY NEED IT.
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THE KEY TO SOLVING THESE PROBLEMS AND
IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF ALL AMERICANS IS INCREASING ACCESS
TO HIGH-QUALITY COMMUNITY-BASED CARE.
WHO IS BETTER PREPARED TO LEAD THE WAY ON THIS FRONT THAN OUR
NEW GENERATION OF D.O.S? I’M VERY PLEASED TO KNOW THAT SO
MANY OF YOU WILL ENTER RESIDENCIES ON THE FRONT LINES
OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IN FAMILY MEDICINE, INTERNAL
MEDICINE, PEDIATRICS AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE.
I BELIEVE THE OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL PROFESSION IS AT A
NEXUS. CREATED BY THREE ELEMENTS OF OUR
ENVIRONMENT. THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF THE
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL PROFESSION, INCREASED PUBLIC AWARENESS OF
OUR PROFESSION, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES CREATED FOR US BY
THE TRANSITION TO A UNIFIED ACCREDITATION SYSTEM FOR
GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A FEW
MOMENTS TO DISCUSS EACH OF THESE ELEMENTS.
FIRST, GROWTH. THE NUMBER OF D.O.s HAS KWA DRAMED IN THE
LAST 30 YEARS. WE REPRESENT MORE THAN 11% OF
ALL THE PHYSICIANS IN THE U.S. AND OVER 20% OF FAMILY
PHYSICIANS. THERE ARE NOW 33 ACCREDITED
COLLEGES OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE ON 48 DIFFERENT CAMPUSES ACROSS
THIS COUNTRY. BETWEEN 2002 AND 2012 ALONE, 18
NEW COLLEGES AND CAMPUSES WERE ESTABLISHED, AND OUR GROWTH
CONTINUES. WITH ONE IN FOUR U.S. MEDICAL
STUDENTS ENROLLING IN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOLS, AND
THE MAJORITY OF DOs UNDER THE AGE OF 45, IT’S A TRULY EXCITING
TIME TO BE AN OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN.
AS YOU MOVE INTO YOUR RESIDENCIES, KNOW THAT YOUR
AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION IS EVOLVING AS WELL TO BETTER
SERVE YOUR NEEDS AND CHALLENGES. WE WANT YOU TO SPEND MORE TIME
AND EFFORT CARING FOR YOUR PATIENTS AND LESS ON MANAGING
YOUR CAREER AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU ACHIEVE THAT
GOAL. SECOND, PUBLIC AWARENESS.
THE AOA HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT TO EDUCATE PATIENTS
ABOUT OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND CREATE DEMAND FOR YOUR SERVICES.
WE ARE A YEAR AND A HALF INTO A MULTIYEAR, MULTIMILLION DOLLAR
CONSUMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDES NATIONAL PRINT,
DIGITAL, SOCIAL, AND OUTDOOR ADVERTISING AND A NEW WEBSITE,
DOCTORSTHATDO.ORG. IF YOU’VE NEVER VISITED THIS
SITE BEFORE, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO.
FROM THAT SITE POTENTIAL PATIENTS CAN DIRECTLY SEARCH TO FIND THE
D.O. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR. IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE TO
YOU THAT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RESPONDING TO OUR
MESSAGE IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY. SINCE THE LAUNCH OF THE CAMPAIGN
IN THE FALL OF 2015, WE’VE HAD OVER 580 MILLION AUDIENCE
IMPRESSIONS. 1.2 MILLION VISITS TO THE
DOCTORS THAT DO WEBSITE, AND OVER 450,000 FIND YOUR D.O.
SEARCHES. AND THIRD, THE OPPORTUNITIES
CREATED BY THE TRANSITION TO A SINGLE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM.
FROM THE BEGINNING UNIFYING THE SYSTEM HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT
PRESERVING AND CONTINUING THE DISTINCTIVE ELEMENTS OF
OSTEOPATHIC GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, OGME.
AND INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PHYSICIANS IN TRAINING,
M.D.’S AS WELL AS DO’S. THE FUTURE OF OGME IS IN ACGME
PROGRAMS WITH OSTEOPATHIC RECOGNITION.
THIS REPRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH OF OGME BEYOND THE
CREATION OF BRAND NEW PROGRAMS. WE KNOW THAT OVER 70% OF OUR
OSTEOPATHIC STUDENTS WOULD PREFER TO ENTER ACGME PROGRAMS
THAT HAVE OSTEOPATHIC RECOGNITION.
AND WE’RE GETTING A STRONG RESPONSE FROM OUR OSTEOPATHIC
GME PROGRAMS THAT ARE SEEKING OSTEOPATHIC RECOGNITION, WHICH
IS SO CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR FUTURE.
AND AS WE EXPECTED, PROGRAMS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY ACCREDITED
ONLY BY ACGME ARE ALREADY SEEKING AND ACHIEVING
OSTEOPATHIC RECOGNITION. YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY
WOULD THEY DO THAT? CLEARLY, THEY HAVE DONE SO
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT WILL GIVE THEM A COMPETITIVE
ADVANTAGE IN RECRUITING THE KIND OF RESIDENTS THAT WILL SUCCEED
IN THEIR PROGRAMS AND THE KIND OF PHYSICIANS THEY WANT TO
PRODUCE. THAT’S YOU.
IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WITH THE TRANSITION TO THE
SINGLE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM, FOR THE FIRST TIME, M.D.’S WILL BE
ABLE TO TRAIN IN OSTEOPATHIC GME PROGRAMS.
WE’VE KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS THAT OUR, THAT MANY OF OUR ALLOPATHIC
COLLEAGUES WANT TRAINING IN OSTEOPATHIC PRINCIPLES AND OMT.
NOW THEY CANNOT ONLY RECEIVE THIS TRAINING IN THEIR
RESIDENCIES UNDER THE SINL AATION SYSTEM BUT THE AOA WILL
OFFER BOARD CERTIFICATION AS WELL SO THEY CAN EARN A
CONGRATULATIONS THAT ATTESTS TO THEIR OSTEOPATHIC TRAINING.
OUR PROFESSION’S GROWTH, THE INCREASED AWARENESS AND DEMAND
FOR THE OSTEOPATHIC APPROACH TO MEDICINE, COMBINED WITH
OPPORTUNITIES CREATED BY THE SINGLE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM FOR
GME ARE CONVERGING IN A WAY THAT PLACES D.O.’S IN A UNIQUE
POSITION TO LEAD AND INFLUENCE ACTION AND CHANGE IN HEALTH
CARE. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER
TIME OR A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL
PROFESSION. IT’S IN OUR HANDS.
LITERALLY. AS WELL AS FIGURATIVELY.
THE AMAZING HEALING POWER OF HUMAN TOUCH, WHICH IS IN EVERY
ONE OF US, APPLIED IN THE CONTEXT OF ULTRA-MODERN
MEDICINE. I INVITE ALL OF YOU TO JOIN US
AS WE CREATE OUR FUTURE. A FUTURE WHERE MORE AND MORE
PATIENTS GET OSTEOPATHIC CARE, WHAT THEY WANT, WHAT THEY
DESERVE, AND WHAT YOU ARE TRAINED TO PROVIDE.
TODAY, IN ADDITION TO 81 PH.D. AND MASTER’S DEGREES, YOUR
SCHOOL WILL AWARD 157 DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE DEGREES.
A DEGREE IN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE IS A VERY SPECIAL DEGREE.
OUR PROFESSION WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE 19th CENTURY BY ANDREW
TAYLOR STILL, A VISIONARY MIDWESTERN PHYSICIAN.
HOWEVER, MANY OF THE PRINCIPLES OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE WERE
RECOGNIZED BY CERTAIN ENLIGHTENED INDIVIDUALS CENTURIES BEFORE.
THE 12th CENTURY JEWISH SAGE NOTED THE PHYSICIAN SHOULD NOT
TREAT THE DISEASE BUT THE PATIENT WHO IS SUFFERING FROM
IT. MUCH MORE RECENTLY THE FAMOUS PHYSICIAN ALBERT SCHWIETZER
SUGGESTED WE DO NOTHING. WE ENCOURAGE THE DOCTOR WITHIN.
ENCOURAGING THE DOCTOR WITHIN IS IN ESSENCE THE OSTEOPATHIC
ETHIC AND PHILOSOPHY. MY HOPE IS THAT THE IMPORTANT
MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE LEARNED HERE WILL BE
ADDED TO YOUR OBSERVATIONS, MENTAL, SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL,
IN YOUR TREATMENT OF THE PATIENT AS A WHOLE PERSON.
THROUGH YOUR OSTEOPATHIC EDUCATION YOU HAVE LEARNED THAT
TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT THE WHOLE PATIENT
CAN AFFECT TRUE HEALING MORE THAN SIMPLY TREATING A DISEASE.
I BELIEVE THAT EACH OF YOU HERE TODAY UNDERSTANDS THIS
PHILOSOPHY. AND WILL LEAVE HERE TO BECOME
SUCCESSFUL PHYSICIANS. FROM UNDERSERVED AREAS SUCH AS
RURAL NEW JERSEY, TO THE HIGHLY POPULATED CITIES OF THE WORLD.
YOU HAVE COMMITTED YOURSELVES TO MAKING THE WORLD A HEALTHIER
PLACE FOR OTHERS. SO TAKE YOUR HARD-EARNED DEGREE
AND GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING GREAT.
AND NEVER FORGET. A DEGREE IN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
IS MUCH MORE THAN THE ACCUMULATION OF YEARS OF HARD
WORK OR A FANCY PIECE OF PARCHMENT.
IT’S A COVENANT, A PLEDGE TO RESPOND DEEPLY TO NOT ONLY THE
MEDICAL NEEDS OF YOUR PATIENTS BUT TO THEIR ENTIRETY AS HUMAN
BEINGS. I HOPE YOUR DEEP CONNECTIONS TO
SERVICE WILL BRING YOU PERSONAL HAPPINESS AND PROFESSIONAL
FULFILLMENT AND I WISH YOU SUCCESS IN YOUR BRIGHT, BRIGHT FUTURES.
THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]
SPEAKER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BOYD.
DR. BUSER. THANK YOU.
EACH YEAR THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE PRESENTS A MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE ITS HIGHEST HONOR, TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS MADE
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SCHOOL, OUR PROFESSION AND THE HEALTH CARE OF THE NATION.
DR. BUSER, AS YOU HEARD, IS WIDELY RESPECTED FOR HIS
LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT AN ERA OF RAPID CHANGE IN THE HEALTH CARE
LANDSCAPE. HE HAS HELPED TO USHER IN CHANGES THAT
WILL OPEN NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES OF OSTEOPATHIC SCHOOLS
IS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, HE HAS BEEN A STEADFAST VOICE FOR PRESERVING
THE DISTINCTIVE NATURE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND ITS
GRADUATE MEDICAL PROGRAMS. HIS MESSAGE WILL HAVE AN
ENDURING IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO THE
EDUCATION OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC
ASSOCIATION, I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE DR.
BOYD BUSER AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE. [ APPLAUSE ] THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
RECOGNIZES A GRADUATE WHO HAS BROUGHT HONOR TO THE ROWAN
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE. FOR 2017, WE PRESENT THIS AWARD
TO DR. LINDA BOYD, A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 1984.
AND I TAUGHT HER. IN RECOGNITION OF HER
OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP AND HER DEDICATION TO THE
OSTEOPATHIC PROFESSION. AFTER COMPLETING HER FAMILY
MEDICINE RESIDENCY, DR. BOYD JOINED THE FACULTY OF NEW JERSEY
MEDICAL SCHOOL IN NEWARK IN 1992, HOLDING SIGNIFICANT
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS, INCLUDING THAT OF VICE-CHAIR OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE AND INTERIM ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR CURRICULUM
AND DEVELOPMENT. IN 2007, DR. BOYD ACCEPTED A
POSITION AS PROFESSOR OF FAMILY MEDICINE AND ASSOCIATE DEAN AT THE GEORGIA REGENTS
UNIVERSITY-MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, WHERE SHE ALSO SERVED
AS INTERIM VICE-DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. IN 2013, OUR SCHOOL WAS AND ESPECIALLY ME AS DEAN, WAS
VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE DR. BOYD RETURN AS A PROFESSOR OF FAMILY
MEDICINE AND SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. IN
THAT ROLE, DR. BOYD HAS LED OUR SCHOOL’S EFFORTS TO EARN REQUIREMENT-FREE REACCREDITATION FROM OUR
NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY, SHE HAS BEEN WORKING AND IS MODERNIZING
OUR CURRICULUM AND HAS PROVIDED IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP IN
INCREASING OUR CLASS SIZE, BY INCREASING THE PROBLEM-BASED
LEARNING CURRICULUM. THUS RESPONDING TO THE SEVERE
SHORTAGE OF PHYSICIANS THAT WE SPOKE OF EARLIER.
DR. BOYD ENJOYS A NATIONAL REPUTATION AS AN EXPERT ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND
ACCREDITATION. SHE HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED
IN THE LIAISON COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND THE
AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION’S AND NOW SHE SHARES HER EXPERTISE
WITH THE OSTEOPATHIC COLLEGE ACCREDITATION.
PERHAPS, MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE IS A TRUSTED ADVISOR AND MENTOR
FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS AND A TRUE CHAMPION FOR DIVERSITY AND
CULTURAL COMPETENCY. LINDA, WE PROUDLY PRESENT THIS
HONOR TO YOU FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP AND YOUR EXEMPLARY
SERVICE AS A CLINICIAN, TEACHER, MENTOR, AND ADVOCATE FOR THE
OSTEOPATHIC PROFESSION. PLEASE COME FORWARD TO ACCEPT THIS HONOR.
[ APPLAUSE ] WELL, THANK YOU FOR THAT GREAT
HONOR AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR GRADUATES.
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO NOW ANNOUNCE THE LEONARD TOW
HUMANISM IN MEDICINE AWARDS PRESENTED BY THE ARNOLD P. GOLD
FOUNDATION IT’S GOING TO BE PRESENTED BY
DR. THOMAS CAVALIERI AND WE HAVE TWO RECIPIENTS, A STUDENT AND A
FACULTY. THE STUDENT RECIPIENT IS DANIELLE
ALAIMO ISENBURG AND THE FACULTY RECIPIENT IS DR. ANITA
CHOPRA CAN YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD? [ APPLAUSE ]
[ APPLAUSE ] THE DEAN’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING
ACHIEVEMENT IS GIVEN TO THE GRADUATE WITH THE HIGHEST
OVERALL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. THE 2017 DEAN’S AWARD, WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED BY DR. THOMAS CAVALIERI GOES TO JAY SHAH [
APPLAUSE ] THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD HONORS THE
GRADUATE WHO HAS EXCELLED IN THE CLASSROOM AND IN THE
COMMUNITY. THE 2017 PRESIDENT’S AWARD,
WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED BY DR. ALI HOUSHMAND, GOES TO:
NICOLE GENTILE [ APPLAUSE ]
AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ALL THE SERVICE AND
ACADEMIC AWARD RECIPIENTS. THEY ARE LISTED IN THE PROGRAM
AND HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AT A CEREMONY LAST NIGHT.
WILL ALL OF THOSE AWARDEES PLEASE STAND?
[ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. OKAY.
ENOUGH OF SPEECHES. NOW IT’S TIME FOR YOU GUYS.
I WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER’S
DEGREE. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE PLEASE RISE?
DR. BLANK, WILL YOU PLEASE CERTIFY THE MASTER’S DEGREE
CANDIDATES. MR. PRESIDENT, THE CANDIDATES
WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MET ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE AND MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES ARE HEREBY
CERTIFIED BY THE FACULTY FOR THE RECEIPT OF THEIR DEGREES. VICE CHAIRMAN BRUNER, THESE
CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS HAVING COMPLETED ALL THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION. I PRESENT THEM TO YOU AS PROPER
RECIPIENTS OF THE MASTER OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE AND MASTER OF
SCIENCE DEGREES. MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES OF
THE CLASS OF 2017 WHO HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS HAVING COMPLETED
ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, BY THE AUTHORITY
VESTED IN ME AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY BOARD OF
TRUSTEES, I CONFER UPON YOU THE MASTER OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE AND MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES WITH
ALL THE RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND
OBLIGATIONS APPERTAINING THERETO. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. I WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE DOCTORAL DEGREE.
WILL THE DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND DOCTOR OF
PHILOSOPHY CANDIDATES PLEASE RISE? REST OF YOU.
[ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
DR. BLANK, WILL YOU PLEASE CERTIFY THE DOCTORAL DEGREE
CANDIDATES. MR. PRESIDENT, THE CANDIDATES
WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR
OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREES ARE
HEREBY CERTIFIED BY THE FACULTY FOR THE RECEIPT OF THEIR
DEGREES. [ APPLAUSE ]
VICE CHAIRMAN BRUNER, THESE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS HAVING COMPLETED ALL THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION. I PRESENT THEM TO YOU AS PROPER
RECIPIENTS OF THE DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND DOCTOR
OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREES. MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2017 WHO
HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS HAVING COMPLETED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS
FOR GRADUATION, BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME AS VICE CHAIRMAN
OF THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES, I CONFER UPON YOU THE
DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREES
WITH ALL THE RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, RESPONSIBILITIES,
AND OBLIGATIONS APPERTAINING THERETO.
CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] WELL, THAT’S WONDERFUL.
YOU CAN START VISITING PATIENTS NOW.
CONGRATULATIONS. PLEASE BE SEATED.
NOW, I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE A SPECIAL PORTION OF OUR PROGRAM
TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE OUR MILITARY GRADUATES WHO WILL BE
PROMOTED IN THE ARMY AND AIR FORCE. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR
SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND WE APPLAUD YOUR GREAT WORK FOR
OUR PROFESSION AND FOR OUR COUNTRY TO PROVIDE MEDICAL
SERVICES TO OUR FORCES BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. I INVITE COLONEL LISA HOU TO THE LECTERN AT THIS TIME FOR OUR MILITARY COMMISSIONING CEREMONY.
COLONEL HOU IS A 1996 GRADUATE OF ROWANSOM AND SERVES IN THE
NEW JERSEY ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AS THE STATE SURGEON AND MEDICAL
COMMAND COMMANDER. I ALSO INVITE OUR MILITARY
STUDENTS TO COME FORWARD. THEY ARE: DAISY AMATO – ARMY [ APPLAUSE ] GIOVANNA FINOCCHIO – ARMY [
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] JONATHAN LEVIN – AIR FORCE [
APPLAUSE ] GRACE OEY – ARMY [ APPLAUSE ] GREGORY SUN – ARMY [ APPLAUSE ] DON VONGVIPHUT – AIR FORCE [
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] SPEAKER: THANK YOU DR. CAVALIERI
FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE TODAY.
I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL CANDIDATES FOR SUCH AN
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. IT’S BEEN 21 YEARS SINCE I TOOK
THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH. I ALSO REMEMBER ONE OF MY
PROUDEST DAYS TO BE 23 YEARS AGO WHEN I TOOK THE OATH TO BE A
MILITARY OFFICER. I CAN HONORED TO BE STANDING
HERE WITH THIS DISTINCT GROUP OF YOUNG OFFICERS AS THEY DO THE
SAME TODAY. THEY HAVE NOT ONLY MADE A
COMMITMENT TO TAKE THE VERY BEST CARE OF THEIR PATIENTS AND WITH
AN EDUCATION FROM ROWAN SOM I HAVE NO DOUBT THEY WILL.
BUT THEY’VE ALSO COMMITTED TO ENSURE THE HEALTH, MEDICAL
READINESS AND DEPLOYABILITY OF SOME OF OUR NATION’S FINEST.
YOU ARE AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF LESS THAN 1% OF THE UNITED
STATES POPULATION WHO CURRENTLY SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES AND I
THINK THAT MAKES YOU PRETTY DARN SPECIAL.
[ APPLAUSE ] IF YOU DON’T MIND A LITTLE
ADVICE FROM AN OLD, OLDER OFFICER, AGING MYSELF.
DON’T JUST ASPIRE TO BE GREAT LEADERS.
BE A GREAT LEADER. STAY COMMITTED, STAY MOTIVATED,
BUT REMAIN HUMBLE AND GROUNDED AND ALWAYS BE RESILIENT.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FELLOW SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND NEVER FORGET
TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILIES AND YOURSELF.
I’M SO PROUD AND HONORED TO SERVE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF
YOU AND TO ADMINISTER THIS OATH OF OFFICE.
SO IF YOU’LL STAND AT ATTENTION AND RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND
REPEAT AFTER ME. I, STATE YOUR NAME, DO SOLEMNLY
SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
AGAINST ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.
THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME THAT I
TAKE THIS OBLIGATION FREELY. WITHOUT ANY MENTAL RESERVATIONS
OR PURPOSE OF EVASION. AND THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES
OF THE OFFICE UPON WHICH I AM ABOUT TO ENTER.
SO HELP ME GOD. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COLONEL HOU
AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MILITARY GRADUATES.
NOW I INVITE THE PRESIDENT MR. WILLIAM WEEKS TO THE LECTERN TO
PRESENT THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS AND GIVE REMARKS. [ APPLAUSE ]
ATD THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME MY DEAR FRIEND MR. RONAK
MISTRY TO PLEASE JOIN ME AT THE LECTERN.
EACH YEAR, THE GRADUATING CLASS PRESENTS THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS
TO THE FULL-TIME AND VOLUNTEER FACULTY MEMBERS WHO HAD THE
GREATEST IMPACT ON THE STUDENTS’ MEDICAL EDUCATION. CANDIDATES
ARE NOMINATED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS, FOLLOWED BY AN ONLINE
BALLOT TO SELECT THE RECIPIENTS. IT IS NOW OUR PLEASURE TO
ANNOUNCE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS:
THE FULL-TIME FACULTY GOLDEN APPLE AWARD RECIPIENT IS:
DR. TERRIE GINSBURG [ APPLAUSE ]
AND NOW THE THE VOLUNTEER FACULTY GOLDEN APPLE AWARD
RECIPIENT IS: DR. GOPIKA BANKER [ APPLAUSE ]
ALL RIGHT. YOU KNOW THE OVER/UNDER ON ME
GETTING EMOTIONAL IS ABOUT 2 MINUTES, DR. SCOTT IS TAKING THE
ACTION YOU WANT TO GET IN. THERE’S STILL TIME.
HELLO FAMILY, LOVED ONES, FRIENDS, ESTEEMED GUESTS,
ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY, AND STAFF. HELLO DOCTORS!
[ CHEERS ] IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR AND
PRIVILEGE TO STAND HERE IN FRONT OF YOU ALL TODAY.
AS YOU ALREADY KNOW, THE GIFT THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN PLEA THROUGH
YOUR FRIENDSHIP IS FAR GREATER THAN ANY WORDS THAT I COULD
IMPART UPON YOU TODAY. I AM SO PROUD TO BE A FRIEND AND
COLLEAGUE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.
I ECHO DEAN CAVALIERI’S THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED US
THROUGH THIS JOURNEY. LOVE IS THE BOND THAT WE ALL SHARE IN THIS ACHIEVEMENT, IT IS THE
FACE OF EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO CAME HERE TO SUPPORT US TODAY.
LOVE IS WHAT EMPOWERS US TO DO WHAT WE DO EACH DAY.
IN AND OUT. SOME PEOPLE SIMPLY DREAM OF
SUCCESS, WHILE OTHERS GET UP EVERY MORNING AND STRIVE TO MAKE
THAT DREAM COME TRUE. TODAY, THE DREAM WE HAVE WORKED SO HARD
FOR BECOMES A REALITY. IN THE SAME WAY, IT WAS A DREAM AND
DETERMINATION WHICH MOTIVATED PRESIDENT HOUSHMAND AND HIS
FAMILY TO LEAVE HIS HOME COUNTRY OF IRAN AND PURSUE ACADEMIC AND
PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS ABROAD. IT WAS A DREAM AND RESILIENCE
WHICH ENCOURAGED DR. CAVALIERI TO ESTABLISH A COMMITMENT TO
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE IN SOUTH JERSEY WHILE MEETING THE DEMANDS
OF A RAPIDLY CHANGING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT. EQUALLY, IT IS THIS IDEA OF A
DREAM AND SENSE OF PURPOSE THAT FUELS OUR PASSION TO BE
SUCCESSFUL PHYSICIANS. FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF
2017, OUR DREAM TOOK FLIGHT WHEN THE ROWANSOM ADMISSIONS
COMMITTEE TOOK A CHANCE ON EACH OF US. FROM MORE THAN FIVE
THOUSAND CANDIDATES, OUR CHARACTER AND ACADEMIC
ACHIEVEMENT WERE DEEMED TO BE OUTSTANDING. SPENDING THE LAST
FOUR YEARS AS YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT, AND FRIEND, I CAN SAY
THAT THERE IS NO MORE AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS
RIGHT HERE, THE INAUGURAL CLASS, THE CLASS OF 2017 AT
ROWAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF OUR AMAZING FACULTY, STAFF, AND
ADMINISTRATION – THE CAMARADERIE, COLLABORATION AND
INITIATIVE THAT OUR CLASS ESTABLISHED HAS DEFINED OUR
EXPERIENCE HERE AT ROWANSOM. TODAY WE NOT ONLY BECOME
PHYSICIANS, WE ALSO BECOME ALUMNI, AND ROWANSOM BECOMES OUR
ALMA MATER. AS PHYSICIANS, WE HAVE A
RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR PATIENTS TO UPHOLD AN OATH AND PROVIDE
EXCEPTIONAL HEALTHCARE. AS ALUMNI, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY
TO PAY IT FORWARD SO WE CAN FULFILL THE DREAM OF SO MANY
OTHERS WHO WILL MAKE THIS SAME JOURNEY. NATIONALLY, MEDICAL
STUDENTS ARE BURDENED WITH DEBT AVERAGING NEARLY $2 HUNDRED,000.
NOW ADD IN SOME UNDERGRADUATE LOANS AND A RESIDENT PHYSICIAN
CAN QUICKLY BECOME THE PROUD OWNER OF A MORTGAGE-SIZED
MONTHLY PAYMENT WHILE RENTING A STUDIO APARTMENT. AND HE’D — EATING RAMEN NOODLES.
WE ALL AGREE THAT BY REFORMING THE COST OF MEDICAL EDUCATION
NOT ONLY IN NEW JERSEY BUT IN THIS COUNTRY, WE CAN CONTINUE TO
PRODUCE COMPETENT AND CONTENT PHYSICIANS WHO WILL FILL THE
NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OUR
ADMINISTRATION SEEKS TO DO EVERY DAY.
BUT, UNTIL THIS REFORM IS REACHED, THE STUDENTS WHO FOLLOW
IN OUR FOOTSTEPS MUST CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE CONSIDERATION AND
GENEROSITY OF OUR ROWANSOM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND
SURROUNDING COMMUNITY. TODAY, WE BECOME A PART OF THAT
COMMUNITY. I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT OUR CLASS COUNCIL HAS
ELECTED TO DONATE OUR REMAINING FUNDS, THE FUNDS WE DIDN’T SPEND
ON A GRADUATION CRUISE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER THE OTHER NIGHT,
TO A SERIES OF CLASS OF 2017 ALUMNI GRANTS THAT WILL WILL BE
USED TO FUND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
HERE AT ROWANSOM FOR YEARS TO COME.
THANK YOU TO RONAK, BERNADETTE, CHIDRUP, NICOLE, AND GIOVANNA
FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING OUR CLASS AND SHOWING ME WHAT IT
MEANS TO BE A LEADER. IN ADDITION TO OUR CLASS GIFT,
RECENTLY MY WONDERFUL FIANC￉E, KATRINA, HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY
SOME OF OUR YOUNGER ALUMNI DONORS WHO HAVE GENEROUSLY
CREATED SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE FACE OF THEIR OWN INDEBTEDNESS IN
ORDER TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S DREAM A REALITY. TODAY, I AM
INCREDIBLY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT KATRINA HAS MADE A
FIVE-YEAR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT A SCHOLARSHIP AT ROWANSOM,
MAKING HER THE YOUNGEST SCHOLARSHIP DONOR IN OUR
SCHOOL’S HISTORY. IN THE WAY THAT KATRINA WAS INSPIRED BY OUR
YOUNGER ALUMNI, I HOPE THAT HER GENEROSITY INSPIRES EACH OF YOU WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT, TO PAY
IT FORWARD AND BE A PART OF SOMEONE ELSE’S DREAM.
CLASS OF 2017, FOR US THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. THE BEGINNING OF MANY SLEEPLESS
NIGHTS, ON CALL, PHONE CALLS, AND MANY, MANY WORK HOURS.
BUT IT’S ALSO THE BEGINNING OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND PROSPEROUS
CAREER. CONTINUE TO LOVE.
CONTINUE TO DREAM. CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. CONGRATULATIONS DOCTORS!
WE DID IT. FOR ONE LAST TIME, LOVE YOU ALL.
CARRY ON. [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU, SO MUCH, WILLIAM FOR GREAT REMARKS AND CONSIDERATION
FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL FOLLOW OIN YOUR FOOTSTEPS.
AT THIS TIME I’D LIKE TO ASK THE FACULTY MEMBERS AND D.O.
CANDIDATES TO RISE AND RECITE THE OSTEOPATHIC OATH ALONG WITH
ME. PLEASE RECITE THE OSTEOPATHIC OATH THAT IS FOUND ON PAGE 15 OF
YOUR PROGRAM BOOKLET. I DO HEREBY AFFIRM MY LOYALTY TO THE PROFESSION I AM ABOUT TO
ENTER. I WILL BE MINDFUL ALWAYS OF MY
GREAT RESPONSIBILITY TO PRESERVE THE HEALTH AND LIFE OF MY
PATIENTS, TO RETAIN THEIR CONFIDENCE AND RESPECT BOTH AS A
PHYSICIAN AND A FRIEND WHO WILL GUARD THEIR SECRETS WITH
SCRUPULOUS HONOR AND FIDELITY, TO PERFORM FAITHFULLY MY
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES, TO EMPLOY ONLY THOSE RECOGNIZED METHODS OF
TREATMENT CONSISTENT WITH GOOD JUDGMENT AND WITH MY SKILL AND
ABILITY, KEEPING IN MIND ALWAYS NATURE’S LAWS AND THE BODY’S
INHERENT CAPACITY FOR RECOVERY. I WILL BE EVER VIGILANT IN
AIDING IN THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY, SUSTAINING ITS
LAWS AND INSTITUTIONS, NOT ENGAGING IN THOSE PRACTICES WHICH WILL IN ANYWAY BRING SHAME
OR DISCREDIT UPON MYSELF OR MY PROFESSION. I WILL GIVE NO DRUGS FOR DEADLY
PURPOSES TO ANY PERSON, THOUGH IT BE ASKED OF ME. I WILL ENDEAVOR TO WORK IN
ACCORD WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN A SPIRIT OF PROGRESSIVE
COOPERATION AND NEVER BY WORD OR BY ACT CAST IMPUTATIONS UPON
THEM OR THEIR RIGHTFUL PRACTICES. I WILL LOOK WITH RESPECT AND
ESTEEM UPON ALL THOSE WHO HAVE TAUGHT ME MY ART. TO MY COLLEGE I WILL BE LOYAL
AND STRIVE ALWAYS FOR ITS BEST INTERESTS AND FOR THE INTERESTS
OF THE STUDENTS WHO WILL COME AFTER ME.
I WILL BE EVER ALERT TO FURTHER THE APPLICATION OF BASIC BIOLOGIC TRUTHS TO THE HEALING
ARTS AND TO DEVELOP THE PRINCIPLES OF OSTEOPATHY WHICH
WERE FIRST ENUNCIATED BY ANDREW TAYLOR STILL. YOU CAN BE SEATED.
IT’S TIME TO PROCEED TO THE PRESENTATION OF GRADUATES FROM
THE SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. EACH OF OUR GRADUATES WILL BE
CALLED INDIVIDUALLY, BY PROGRAM. WE WILL START WITH THE MASTER’S
CANDIDATES IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE
MR. STEVE SEIDLER, WHO WILL READ THE NAMES OF THE MASTER’S
CANDIDATES. PRESENTING THE CANDIDATES FOR
THE MASTER OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES: [ READING NAMES ] PRESENTING THE CANDIDATES FOR MS PRESENTING THE CANDIDATES FOR
DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE.
WOW, WHAT A GREAT CLASS. CONGRATULATIONS!
[ APPLAUSE ] I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE DR. JOHN
BERTAGNOLLI PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. JOHN?
GOOD AFTERNOON. MANY OF YOU ME, DR. JOHN
BERTAGNOLLI, AND I’M PRESIDENT OF YOUR ROWAN SOM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
DOCTORS, ON BEHALF OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, CONGRATULATIONS! [ APPLAUSE ]
AS A GRADUATE OF THIS WORLD-CLASS MEDICAL SCHOOL,
1983, DON’T ADD IT UP, I KNOW YOU’RE WELL-PREPARED FOR THE
FUTURE. AS A FACULTY MEMBER, I KNOW HOW
TALENTED AND DEDICATED YOU ARE. YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ARE
THE FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE SUCCESS TO BE BUILT UPON.
THE DREAMS YOU HELD WHEN YOU FIRST ARRIVED AT MEDICAL SCHOOL
WILL CONTINUE TO BE YOUR GUIDE FOR A FULFILLING CAREER.
SO, I URGE YOU TO FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF HENRY DAVID THOREAU
WHO WROTE: GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS. LIVE
THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGINED. ON BEHALF OF THE NEARLY 3,000
MEMBERS OF YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR CLASS GIFT
WHICH WILL SERVE CURRENT STUDENTS BY PROVIDING SEED
FUNDING FOR OUTREACH, ENRICHMENT AND SERVICE PROGRAMS AT SOM. IT
IS THIS GESTURE OF PAYING IT FORWARD FOR THE STUDENTS WHO
FOLLOW YOU THAT IS TRULY AT THE HEART OF WHAT YOUR ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION IS ALL ABOUT. AS MEMBERS OF THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION YOU CAN CONTINUE THE FELLOWSHIP AND CAMARADERIE THAT
HAS MADE YOUR EXPERIENCE HERE SPECIAL WHILE EXPANDING YOUR
PROFESSIONAL NETWORK. AS PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION, I HAVE ONE SIMPLE MESSAGE:
KEEP IN TOUCH AND, WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR YOU GET INVOLVED.
YOUR INVOLVEMENT WILL ENRICH YOUR CAREER AND WILL HELP FUTURE
PHYSICIANS AND RESEARCHERS TO GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION
OF THEIR DREAMS. THAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT
THAT, AS ALUMNI, YOU NOW HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO OFFER.
IT IS NOW MY DISTINCT HONOR TO INDUCT THE CLASS OF 2017 INTO THE ROWAN UNIVERSITY AND ROWAN
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS. REMEMBER, YOU ARE D.O.’S.
BE HUMBLE. AND SERVE AND TOUCH SOMEONE.
YOU HAVE JUST BEEN INDUCTED. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST.
CONGRATULATIONS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DR.
BERTAGNOLLI AND I TAUGHT HIM, TOO.
SO I’M PROUD OF THAT. ANYWAY, WE’RE ALMOST DONE.
BUT NOT QUITE DONE. BECAUSE THERE IS ONE LAST LESSON
I HAVE FOR THIS WONDERFUL CLASS.
AND THIS IS FROM THE 1950 EDITION OF HARRISON’S PRINCIPLES
OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. AND ALTHOUGH IT’S A LITTLE
DATED, IT IS EVER SO PERTINENT TODAY, AND I WANT YOU TO
REMEMBER WHAT HARRISON WRITES: NO GREATER OPPORTUNITY,
RESPONSIBILITY, OR OBLIGATION CAN FALL TO THE LOT OF A HUMAN
BEING THAN TO BECOME A PHYSICIAN. IN THE CARE OF THE
SUFFERING, THE PHYSICIAN NEEDS TECHNICAL SKILL, SCIENTIFIC
KNOWLEDGE, AND HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. THE PHYSICIAN WHO
USES THESE WITH HUMILITY AND WISDOM WILL PROVIDE A UNIQUE
SERVICE TO HUMANITY AND WILL BUILD AN ENDURING EDIFICE OF CHARACTER WITHIN. THE PHYSICIAN
SHOULD ASK OF DESTINY NOTHING MORE THAN THIS AND SHOULD BE
CONTENT WITH NOTHING LESS. CONGRATULATIONS AND MAY GOD OUR WONDERFUL GRADUATES.
YOU’RE THE BEST! ENJOY THE REST OF THE DAY WITH
YOUR FAMILIES. AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S CEREMONY. THE AUDIENCE IS REQUESTED TO
REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL THE PLATFORM PARTY HAS RECESSED. A
RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW ON THE WILSON HALL PATIO AT THE NORTH
END OF THE CAMPUS. SHUTTLES AND GOLF CARTS BACK TO
WILSON HALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM IN PARKING LOT R AT THE BACK OF THE GREEN
AND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE GREEN BETWEEN BUNCE HALL AND THE
BASEBALL FIELD. WILL EVERYONE PLEASE RISE FOR
THE ALMA MATER AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE RECESSIONAL. OH, ROWAN, WE GREET THEE. ALL PRAISE TO THY NAME THY BANNER UNFURL TO THE
BREEZE. THY CHILDREN SALUTE THEE AND PLEDGE TO THY FAME THE RESOUNDING VOICES REPRISE. ALL ABOUT THEE ARISE THE FIRST
TEMPLES OF GOD, LIFTING HIGH, LEAFY ARMS TO THE
SKY AND THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN
THE GREEN OF THE SOD SEEM TO SING THEE A SWEET
LULLABY. ALL ABOUT THEE ARISE THE FIRST
TEMPLES OF GOD, LIFTING HIGH, LEAFY ARMS TO THE
SKY AND THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN THE GREEN OF THE SOD SEEM TO SING THEE A SWEET LULLABY. AND THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN THE GREEN OF THE SOD SEEM TO SING THEE A SWEET
LULLABY.

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