With jazzy pomp and circumstance the Storyville Stompers brass band led the Tulane University School of Medicine Class of 2013 and members of the faculty into the Morial Convention Center for the school's diploma ceremony on May 20, 2013. Crowding the theater were proud families and friends of the graduates, many of whom earlier attended Tulane's Unified Commencement Ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where degrees were conferred by Tulane President Scott Cowen after a keynote speech by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Following a welcome by Dean Benjamin P. Sachs, the School of Medicine's commencement address was delivered by Dr. Michael Pinsky, a 2010 graduate and Tulane urology resident. Pinsky recounted a harrowing, nearly fatal experience with a viral infection last year that has strengthened his commitment to enhanced patient-doctor communication and empathy with patients and their anxious families.
"For the past nine months my role was switched from doctor to patient, a perspective I feel is valuable," says Pinsky. "Let this be my challenge to you: Always ask yourself if you have done all that you can do for every patient – take that vested interest and push yourself to think outside of the box."
Dr. N. Kevin Krane, vice dean for academic affairs, announced the graduates, who crossed the stage to receive diplomas and doctoral hoods accompanied by cheers and applause from the audience. Dr. Marc J. Kahn, senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs, led the recitation by all doctors present of the Physicians' Oath.
With a spirited rendition of the school's Alma Mater by the student singing troupe, the Uvulae, and a benediction from chaplain Reverend Donald P. Owens Jr., the ceremony concluded and participants and guests exited to mingle at the post-commencement reception.
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