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GRADUATION: RUSM Holds 2016 Commencement Ceremony

May 27, 2016

The Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) 2016 Commencement ceremony held on May 21, in Coral Gables, FL featured keynote speaker Ronan Farrow, a journalist, attorney, human-rights activist and former U.S. government advisor. He talked about what he sees in the world, and how RUSM graduates play a role in making it better. “You are not the typical medical students,” he said. “I hope you keep trailblazing, changing lives and changing the world.”

RUSM’s Dean and Chancellor Joseph Flaherty, MD, addressed the diverse class of graduates, their family members and friends.

“Our newest alumni come from very different cultures, and collectively speak more than 40 languages,” he said. “What they all have in common is that they have what it takes to succeed in medical school, and they are well-prepared to move on to the next step in their journey to becoming a physician. We’re very proud of what RUSM does to address the health care needs of the US.

Dean Flaherty had a few final words of advice for the 2016 graduates:

  1. Stay humble.
  2. Remember that it's about the patients.
  3. Get a life; you're going to need one.

Dr. Melby Philip delivered the new graduate speech. A first-generation Indian-American, she is headed to Mt. Sinai in Chicago to begin her residency. “Congratulations. We did it,” she said to her fellow graduates. “The price we paid over the years has finally paid off. We got to walk across the stage and get that MD.” Dr. Philip gave her colleagues a very good piece of advice. “Remember, a bit of humor and empathy can go a long way,” she said.

During the ceremony Dr. Flaherty was presented with a service award by Steven Riehs, president of RUSM and vice chairman of the board of trustees.

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