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Healthcare Leaders Address Class of 2011

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges

"Cling tenaciously to the bedrock professional values of compassion, integrity, and service that lie at the heart of the Hippocratic tradition. And please, find the courage to join your generation with mine in addressing this fundamental imbalance in our ethics by taking on the lack of fairness in our healthcare system. Despite all our knowledge and all our skills, we should make each other a promise today that we will never lose the sense of doing good and creating a better society that brought each of us to our careers in the first place."

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Arthur H. Rubinstein, M.D., retiring dean of the Penn medical school and retiring executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

"All of us in medicine, young and old, are facing rapid and enormous changes that can be difficult to handle. However, the major challenge, in my opinion, is mainly a generational issue. What is difficult and stressful for older generations may be much less so to the young degree recipients of today. For one thing, you may value autonomy less than those of us who went into solo or small-group practice in the 20th century.

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