President Edward Guiliano addresses graduates at the 33rd Hooding of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine on May 19, 2014.
Good morning and congratulations again…doctors! Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
It is an honor and a privilege for my colleagues and me to see you graduate. Thank you, in advance, for your dedication and commitment to bringing a hands-on, patient-centered approach to the practice of medicine.
Yesterday, I mentioned how well-prepared our graduates are to face challenges outside the academy, that you have both the connectivity and connections to succeed in the next chapter of your lives.
I also made note that you are graduating from a university with “technology” in its name, and that you’ve been trained to use technology and will be comfortable embracing it, in part because of the education you received at NYI--T College of Osteopathic Medicine.
With the power of Big Data and advances in technology, the medical research you will conduct or use in your practice is more data-intensive and data-driven than ever – allowing you to diagnose more fully and more quickly. In the past year, the NIH has taken note of the rise of Big Data and has supported initiatives to harness the power of biomedical data and informatics that will translate into indisputable value for you.
Technology will impact you in other ways. An article a few months ago in The New Yorker was entitled, “The Doctor Will See You Onscreen.”
While the headline is edgy and a bit off-putting, the article delivered a fascinating look at how telemedicine will enhance the human capacity for connection and the hands-on healing you’ve been well trained to deliver. Indeed, some of its efficiencies in support of traditional health care include cost reductions, instant access to patient and medical information, and, for patients, access to the best practitioners regardless of location. You’ll likely find ways to incorporate the bold new face of telemedicine in your practice.
Other new devices and software in development include a special vest to be worn under clothing that detects data from people with chronic diseases, making sure they’re taking readings or medications as their human physicians prescribe. Magnetic microbots, guided by a surgeon’s hands, are now being utilized to scrape plaque from clogged arteries.
Of course, we already know about robots in the operating room, thanks to Dr. Errichetti and his colleagues who look after our robots that reside in the Institute for Clinical Competence.
You’ve also learned about leadership – thanks to Dr. Ross-Lee, who has spoken to you about that topic and has elevated our reputation for leadership in the medical policy arena – so much so that NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine has been invited to open a location in Arkansas, a state in dire need of doctors. Thank you, Barbara.
You’ve also been trained in hands-on care, thanks to Dean Gilliar, and others who have taught you the art and science of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Thank you, Dean Gilliar, and to your dedicated faculty.
As a graduate of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, you now belong to a special group of more than 6,000 alumni and to a larger network of nearly 100,000 NYIT graduates. Whether you go on to become pediatricians or surgeons, or you venture into public policy or another specialty, know that you can make an incredible impact on the health of others.
Some of you have already done that – in your clerkships at our affiliated hospitals or in far-flung places like Costa Rica, Haiti, and El Salvador, where the NYIT Center for Global Health has provided care for people who rarely have the opportunity or means to see a doctor. And it’s noteworthy to remind you of the valuable concept of teamwork you learned here – side by side with NYIT’s nurses – and physician assistants-in-training.
Some of you have made your mark in other ways. Whether it’s participating in clubs or walk-a-thons to support certain causes, shaving your heads at St. Baldrick’s fundraisers…or growing moustaches to bring awareness to Men’s Health in “Mo-Vember”…or composing songs and poems to honor your “first patients” - the people who donated their bodies so you could learn anatomy – you have demonstrated the human connection that is so vital to your field.
Many of you have made even closer connections -- in fact, I just found out that two couples met their matches during their four years here and are soon to be married. And speaking of the word “match”…congratulations to the Class of 2014 on that phenomenal match and placement rate of 99.6 percent.
I salute the 276 new physicians in this auditorium. Today, you leave here with a great responsibility: to combine your compassion, experience, and education to make a difference in people’s lives.
And here’s a simple closing thought:
Aristotle once said: “Laughter is a bodily exercise precious to health.”
So keep smiling…and laughing.
Congratulations and good luck in your professional and personal lives.