During its 45th commencement ceremony held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai granted a total of 258 degrees, including 128 MDs. Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addressed the graduates as commencement speaker. Honorary degrees were given to Ambassador Power, Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN; Nancy Haven Doe Hopkins, PhD, Amgen, Inc. and Professor of Biology emerita at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, Jerome J. Belzer, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA School of Medicine.
Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Health System, challenged the graduates to lead rather than react in the face of health care’s changing landscape and urged them to preserve the synergy between medicine and the humanities.
Over the course of their academic careers, students in the class of 2014 have provided compassionate health care to communities locally and globally, conducted cutting-edge research, published in the best scientific journals,; developed new courses for our curriculum, filed patents, launched start-up companies, and led outreach initiatives to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
This year’s graduates join an accomplished network of alumni known the world over for their integrity, discovery, altruism, clinical excellence, and a commitment to social justice. The class of 2014 will take the next step in their education at some of the country’s most competitive residency programs including 41 students who will remain within the Mount Sinai Health System. Other prestigious residency placements include Massachusetts General Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and Stanford University.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014!