The 57th Einstein Commencement on Thursday, May 28, was a time for rejoicing. After encouraging words from Richard M. Joel, president of Yeshiva University,
and Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., Einstein’s Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, the Class of 2015 responded with applause and cheers. “Celebrate now—residency starts soon,” said President Joel. As in previous years, the event was held in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Dean Spiegel acknowledged the 50th Anniversary Reunion Class of 1965 and presented the alumni awards with Arthur M. Kozin, M.D. ’82, president of Einstein’s Alumni Association. Recipients were Joseph D. Bloom, M.D. ’62, Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award; Toby Tucker Hecht, Ph.D. ’73, Distinguished Ph.D. Alumnus/a Award; Hasan Bazari, M.D. ’83, Distinguished Alumnus/Clinical Practitioner Award; Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D. ’66, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Michael J. Reichgott, M.D. ’65, Ph.D., Lifetime Service Award. Joshua D. Nosanchuk, M.D., received two awards: the Honorary Alumnus Award and the Samuel M. Rosen Award for Outstanding Teaching (Preclinical).
The Faculty Awards
Dean Spiegel also presented the faculty awards. Honorees were Miriam B. Schechter, M.D., Samuel M. Rosen Award for Outstanding Teaching (Clinical); Robert L. Goodman, M.D., Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching; Felise B. Milan, M.D. ’88, Harry H. Gordon Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching; Edward R. Burns, M.D. ’76, Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching; Barbara K. Birshtein, Ph.D., LaDonne H. Schulman Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., Saul R. Korey Award in Translational Science and Medicine.
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, spoke on “gifts given and promises made,” reminding students that the first obvious gifts leading to their chosen career paths may have been toys—perhaps a doctor’s kit or a chemistry set—but that guidance and opportunities are also gifts. “Those memories will become a kind of fuel, and you will need them at times,” he said. He concluded his talk with his thoughts on the challenges we face as a nation to provide equitable, affordable care. (See box at left for more.)
This year, Einstein conferred 10 M.S., 7 master of science in bioethics, 1 master of public health, 185 M.D. and 33 Ph.D. degrees (6 of the latter along with M.D. degrees). This brings the grand total of Einstein graduates to 8,373 M.D.s and 1,493 Ph.D.s.
Faculty members, alumni, relatives and friends hooded the graduates. Many grads crossed the stage with children in tow, attesting to the balancing act they had performed to earn their diplomas.
Edward R. Burns, M.D. ’76, Einstein’s executive dean, concluded with the prayer of Maimonides, and the graduates moved their tassels from right to left.
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