Graduates urged to trust patients to guide them

Medical students stand during a commencement ceremony

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he 85 graduates of our Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine were urged to continue to learn as physicians by opening their hearts and minds to their patients. 

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“During your career, depending on your specialty and work ethic, you may care for more than 100,000 patients — only a few will live in your heart forever,” Dr. Pamela Wible, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, said. “Trust them. They will guide you from nervous new doctor and teach you how to be a healer.”

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Pamela Wible delivers the keynote address

Connecting with patients

Keynote speaker Dr. Pamela Wible urged the graduates to not be afraid to connect personally with their patients — and to continue learning from them.

She shared inspiring stories of how several patients have had life-changing impacts on her life.

“You’re never really alone. Some patients follow you for life,” said Wible, whose work has inspired clinics and hospitals nationwide.

She warned the new physicians to be wary of what she called “assembly-line medicine.”

“I am a womb-to-tomb, till-death-do-us-part-physician,” she said. “My dream of being a small-town family doctor doing house calls was way too big for my little cubicle. If you dream is bigger than your cubicle, leave your cubicle. You can practice medicine your way — as an employee, a business owner or an entrepreneur.”

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President Olian addresses graduates of the School of Medicine

Officially doctors

President Judy Olian delivered remarks and conferred degrees for the Class of 2019 medical graduates.

The graduates’ degrees were the first President Judy Olian conferred at Quinnipiac.

“You’ve shared in a very special time of learning and growth while here at Quinnipiac because of all this university and school have to offer,” she said. “But the truth is that your experience was transformational because of what each of you contributed and made of your experience here. It’s you! You have been a trailblazing class in this young school’s history, and you have left an indelible mark that will benefit future generations of medical students.”

She told the graduates that they are desperately needed throughout the United States.

“You are already doing your part. Your caring and dedication have extended to local and global communities,” Olian told the graduates. “We will be forever proud of you, and will follow your life’s journey with great interest. Please remain a Bobcat for life, stay connected wherever you land, find ways to remain in touch with your fellow Quinnipiac family, and engage in lifelong growth and learning — also through Quinnipiac.”

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Miriam Nathan delivers the student address during the School of Medicine Commencement 2019

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Miriam Nathan, MD ’19, delivered the student address to her fellow graduates.

Miriam Nathan, MD ’19, class president and dean’s leadership award recipient, urged her fellow graduates to find strength in their patients’ resilience, recognizing that sometimes even to live may be an act of courage.

“May you speak with confidence and listen with humility. May you have the wisdom to admit uncertainty but the passion to learn. May you lead with integrity and act from empathy. And, of course, may you continue to find joy in the small moments,” she told her peers. “Class of 2019, it has been challenging, it has been fun, it has been humbling, and it has been a sincere honor to study medicine with you.”

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