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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Honors Innovators in Scientific Research and Health Care Philanthropy at 2013 Commencement Ceremony
Date:5/10/2013

er many options,” said Dr. Kahneman. “It will give you the confidence to act quickly, which your patients and colleagues will appreciate. Similar to the Serenity Prayer, you need the courage to act on your intuition when you trust it, the discipline to follow the rules and skills you have acquired when it’s the best you can do, and the wisdom to know when to use one or the other.”

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, highlighted the accomplishments of the graduates, including publication in the best scientific journals; initiatives providing badly needed medical care to underserved communities; the development of the MedStart program to help middle school students get excited about science and medicine; and their heroic efforts caring for residents of the neighborhoods most devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

According to Dr. Charney, a revolution is brewing in medicine, which calls for an increased focus on new models of health care delivery and the implementation of precision medicine to better understand and treat disease. He described the Class of 2013 as the next generation of leaders in medicine and biomedical science who will advance and accelerate the revolutionary paradigm shifts that are changing the foundation of health care delivery and the promise of biomedical research.

“American medicine and biomedical research are in crisis. Health care spending is out of control and continuing to spiral skyward, our delivery systems and administrative processes are outdated and inefficient, and funding for biomedical research is inadequate and shrinking,” said Dr. Charney. “We must possess the intellectual courage to challenge tradition and dogma, the imagination to achieve true innovation, and the passion to deliver on our promise of transformative discovery.”

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