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The Class of 2019 Celebrates the Next Phase of Their Careers

The Geisel School of Medicine Class of 2019

On the first day of June,100 medical students received their MD degrees during Geisel School of Medicine's annual Class Day ceremony. Among this group of graduates, eleven were awarded combined degrees: three received an MD-PhD, and eight received an MD-MBA.

While congratulating the new physicians, Dean Duane Compton, PhD, said, "I don't know what our collective future holds. What I do know is that I feel confident walking into that future beside all of you. I can't imagine putting our future into the hands of a more capable, thoughtful, and compassionate group of people to lead us to that new future."

Becoming a doctor is an awesome responsibility. Choose worrying over apathy, choose respect and compassion, choose humility over hubris.

Anne Schuchat MED '84, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a retired rear admiral from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, spoke to the class in defense of worrying—particularly about the state of healthcare and the doctor-patient relationship.

"Becoming a doctor is an awesome responsibility. Choose worrying over apathy, choose respect and compassion, choose humility over hubris. You will make the future happen in your practices and in your communities as physicians connecting to public health, and as doctors through your genuine intelligence and humanity."


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