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                  CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2012!


May 14, 2012

CONTACT:  Krista Giuffi, krista.giuffi@temple.edu






Photo by Joseph V. Labolito, Temple University


Commencement for the Temple University School of Medicine Class of 2012, held on May 11, 2012, recognized the achievements of 172 students who earned the doctor of medicine degree; two who earned a dual doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy degree; 17 who earned the doctor of philosophy degree; and six who earned the Master of Science degree. The event was held at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, on a beautiful spring day enjoyed by the upbeat gathering of graduates, faculty, friends and family.

Following the performance of the national anthem by The Transplantations, the medical student a cappella group, 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. He noted that they are entering the medical profession as the landscape of healthcare in the United States stands poised for change. “External circumstances notwithstanding, please remember why you chose medicine in the first place. Contemplating that will always ground you,” he said. “I ask you in what other profession can one experience such personal satisfaction that comes from helping one’s fellow man?”

“Now is the time for bold thinking among all of the health care professions,” continued Dr. Kaiser. “Working together, I’m confident that we can bring enhanced access, control costs, and continue to improve quality to provide the best care possible.”

President-Elect of the American Medical Association, Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, served as the commencement’s keynote speaker. An accomplished psychiatrist and leader in the medical profession, Dr. Lazarus is also an avid marathon runner who has competed in many Iron Man triathlons. He likened the rigorous academic exam schedule of medical school to running in a competitive marathon. “Surviving medical school is the challenge you’ve won,” he congratulated the class, then added, “Your medical career is still another form of a marathon, and the test will be how you adjust and adapt to the upcoming challenges in healthcare delivery and care.”

Dr. Lazarus reminded the new graduates that although the physician of the near future will more likely carry an iPad than a black bag, what lies at the heart of the profession—the quest to provide quality patient care—has not changed. “Providing quality is the core of our career, as it has always been,” he reminded the new physicians and medical researchers.

April Rolle, MD’12, President of the Class of 2012, spoke on behalf of her classmates. She described their experiences over the four years of medical school, adding that they can now laugh about the hardships of studying for exams and for the medical boards because they survived them together.

Dr. Rolle applauded her fellow graduates on their dedication to outreach in the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding Temple University. “Ours has been an extremely active and passionate class, making a difference in the lives of others through student groups, community outreach, and friendships,” she said.

Dr. Rolle presented a framed and signed photograph of the Class of 2012 to Gerald H. Sterling, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, and Kathleen Reeves, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, as a token of the class’s gratitude for their support and encouragement over the last four years.

Allison Ordemann, MD’12, co-editor of the 2012 yearbook, The Skull, sang the praises of the faculty member chosen by the class as its yearbook dedicatee, Carolina Retamero, MD, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. In addition to praising Dr. Retamero for making medical education fun for students by way of a weekly medical quiz game, Dr. Ordemann pointed out Dr. Retamaro is now thirty-seven and a half weeks pregnant yet made good on her commitment to attend the graduation. “Now that’s dedication!” she proclaimed.

In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Retamero thanked the graduates for honoring her with the yearbook dedication. She reminded them to always remember their patients when practicing medicine. At the end of her remarks, she left the new physicians and researchers with a bit of advice. “Remember to smile—this is important,” she said, “A smile is contagious and it will open more doors for you than you think is possible.”

Participating in the presentation of MS and PhD diplomas were Dean Kaiser; Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD, Executive Dean of the School of Medicine;, Dianne Soprano, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate and MD/PhD Programs; and Scott Shore, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Participating in the presentation of diplomas to the MD degree recipients were Drs. Richard Kozera, MD, Executive Associate Dean; Lawrence Kaplan, MD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education; and Alisa Peet, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dean Kaiser conferred all the degrees with two representatives of the Temple University Board of Trustees: Solomon Luo, MD-Res ’86, and Phillip C. Richards, a graduate of the Fox School of Business’ Class of 1962.

Serving as marshals were faculty members Drs. Brett Oxberry and Karen Lin. Assisting with the hooding of the graduates were Drs. Michael Autieri, Nae J. Dun, Dianne Soprano, Sean Harbison, Kathleen Reeves, Carson Schneck, and Gerald H. Sterling.

Dr. Feldman introduced Dr. Rolle, who led the recitation of the Hippocratic Oath. Organist Wesley Parrott provided the processional and recessional music. William Schulze, Assistant Dean for Academic Affiliations, gave the invocation and benediction, and Executive Associate Dean Richard Kozera served as Master of Ceremonies.

Among the graduates were 15 individuals with family members who also graduated from the School of Medicine and/or who serve as faculty. As is Temple's tradition, these family members took their places on stage to participate in the conferring of diplomas.

The graduates will now embark on post-graduate training at Brown University, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and other leading institutions across the United States. Approximately 25% will remain in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including 21 who will continue their training at Temple. Those with MS and PhD degrees will find work in industry, government and education.

For more information on graduates and faculty selected for special recognition, please click here.