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2013 Medical and Health Convocation Stresses Professionalism

Greenvale, N.Y.  (September 10, 2012) – Listening to patients, collaboration, and dedication to health care are among the top attributes of true professionals, a group of distinguished practitioners told new students at yesterday’s convocation for New York Institute of Technology School of Health Professions and College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Murray GoldsteinThe convocation at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts recognized the beginning of the students’ professional education and honored six men and women for their leadership contributions in medical and health affairs. Recipients of the Riland Medal for Public Service, named in honor of former College of Osteopathic Medicine trustee and co-founder W. Kenneth Riland, D.O., included: Boyd Buser, D.O.; Martin Diamond, D.O; Jennifer Dorn, M.P.A.; Murray Goldstein, D.O., Michele Reed, D.O.; and Jerry Rodos, D.O., DSc.
“There will never be a substitute for relationships you can form with your patients,” Dorn said, adding that students should also take note of Robert Gates’ four pillars of professional approach: fact-finding, listening, problem-solving, and acting as an agent of change.
Goldstein advised the students to challenge their professors by learning how to ask meaningful questions.
“Ask: ‘what is the evidence and how do you know it’s true?’” said Goldstein.
NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., said the university is fortunate to have both medical and health professions schools, where faculty encourage inter-professional education.
“That collaborative training and education is crucial as we consider the quality and future of health care,” said Guiliano.
The convocation also featured Standard of Excellence Awards for 16 professors, administrators, and instructors.
Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., closed the event with her traditional reading of the poem “Desiderata,” which includes the lines: “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.”
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