Fall 2011
Keeping sight of reasons for becoming physicians

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Class of 2011 recite the Hippocratic Oath

Members of the Class of 2011 recite the Hippocratic Oath.

By Anne McMillin, APR

The 55 students in the Class of 2011 completed their medical education and received their academic hoods on May 13, 2011.

Ken Maehara, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology at the School of Medicine, served as the ceremony's keynote speaker. During his remarks he quipped that asking him to be the keynote speaker was this class's way of getting back at him for all the question-and-answer sessions they left feeling less than competent.

Maehara urged the graduating class to keep sight of the reasons why they wanted to become physicians.

"Keep your compassion, empathy and understanding for your patients," he said.

"Remember that they are often scared to death of the unknown. Maintain your sense of humility and humanity and give of yourself by becoming involved in community service."

Of note, 21 graduates, or 39 percent of this class, will enter primary care specialties including internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine. Nationwide, and especially in Nevada, there is a shortage of primary care physicians, so this is especially good news.

In addition to celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2011, the School of Medicine honored several faculty and community members who have supported the philosophy and goals of the medical school and have made significant contributions to the health care field in Nevada.