It’s hard to believe it’s been four months since the August 9 White Coat Ceremony, where we welcomed the 115 women and men who make up the Class of 2017. But time flies when you’re having fun – and working hard, as all of us have been this year.
Like every year, 2013 has brought its share of challenges and rewards. Financial issues have shaped our experience this year, but so have the many opportunities we’ve had to witness and nurture our students’ excitement and commitment to becoming outstanding physicians. We’ve also been able to celebrate the discoveries made by our researchers who dedicate themselves to making life better for our patients here, and around the world.
Our administrative and clinical staff and faculty are just as committed, and just as successful in their efforts to make this one of the nation’s outstanding colleges of medicine.
Speaking of outstanding, that leads me to comment on our Reunion and Homecoming Weekend in November. The Office of Alumni Affairs promised it would be our “best ever,” and they certainly made good on that promise. Many of our alumni told me how thoroughly they enjoyed the weekend.
Every one of you contributes to our success, and I’m grateful for all you do.
Please save the date for our next very important event: the Convocation for the Class of 2014, on Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall. We hope you will join us!
My hope is that as we approach our winter holiday, that you make plans, if you haven’t already, to relax and enjoy this time with family and friends. They’re what matter most of all.
My very best wishes for happy holidays to you and your loved ones!
Steve Goldschmid, MD
Dean, College of Medicine