New York, NY (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
On May 16, students, family members, and dignitaries congregated for the seventh commencement ceremony of American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
This was the largest graduating class to date. The ceremony opened with master of ceremonies Dick Woodward, AUA’s Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Chief Operating Officer, introducing the graduate processional and Dr. Reza Sanii, Associate Dean of Students and Professor and Chair – Physiology, introducing the onstage dignitaries. The first speech was from Neal Simon, AUA’s President and Co-Founder, congratulating the class of 2013 and advising graduates on their futures.
“Right now, you know more about healthcare than 95.5 percent of the world,” said Simon. “AUA enjoys a good reputation in the medical community because of the quality of its graduates.”
Dr. Seymour Schwartz, AUA’s Provost and best known for his seminal textbook Principles of Surgery, told the graduates to never be complacent and continue to expand themselves intellectually and emphatically with their patients. Dr. Jabir Singh Nagra, Executive Dean of Basic Sciences, described how humility is essential to being a physician and that graduates should approach practicing medicine with a positive attitude. Dr. Peter Bell, Executive Dean for Clinical Sciences, motivated the graduates to accomplish as much as they can as physicians.
The keynote speaker, Ambassador John Maisto, a retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service and former ambassador to Venezuela, used his own life experiences abroad to prove that a global medical education was essential for today’s physicians. He explained how Americans often overlook the Caribbean and how important the region, and AUA in particular, was to the international medical community. He
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