On Friday, the School of Medicine held the Matriculation Ceremony for the Class of 2020, welcoming more than 180 new MD students, bestowing on them fresh white coats and new stethoscopes purchased for them with donations from the Medical Alumni Association. The sun was shining brightly and our new students looked rested and ready for School as they gathered with friends and family on Boettcher Commons. The class includes a wide range of talented people – a music major from University of Maryland, a French and Francophone Studies specialist from Bryn Mawr College, and English major for Colorado State University, more than a few Integrative Physiology majors from CU Boulder (as Assistant Dean for Student Life Jeffrey Druck, MD, who read all the names and majors of the new students during the ceremony, can attest to), and others from all across the country.
Shanta Zimmer, MD, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, offered the keynote address and put the students on notice that when they round with her or present a case to her at some future date, she expects them to know their patients’ occupations. “It reminds me that our patients are people, not diseases or symptoms,” Shanta said. “Know your patients as people. The reward will be great.” She urged them to fulfill “the call within the calling,” offer patient-centered care and she ended her talk with a boost of confidence: “Congratulations. Welcome to the profession of medicine. You got this.”
In addition to welcoming the new class on Friday, we also recognized faculty and current students for their dedication to professionalism. The awardees of the annual Faculty Professionalism Award were Maureen Garrity,
Congratulations to Jonathan Bowser, MS, director of the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHAPA) Program and the entire CHAPA team, who last week received notification from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant that our program has received full accreditation through September 2026. This reaccreditation is the culmination of a three-year self-study and application process and hours of diligent, hard work by Jonathan and everyone else at CHAPA.
Ernest Moore, MD, vice chair of trauma and clinical care research in the Department of Surgery and editor of the Journal of Trauma, was awarded an
Iñigo San Millán,
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John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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