May 23 2011
Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 23, 2011) ─ U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin yesterday urged Long Island’s newest osteopathic physicians to serve, lead, and lift up others as they fulfill their oaths to preserve the health and life of their patients.
“When you rise to a level of success, don’t forget that you need to reach back and pull someone else up,” Benjamin told 267 graduates of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
of NYIT. “A great leader goes a step further; they will push you out in front and make you even better than they are.”
The ceremony at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts – NYCOM’s 30th hooding ceremony -- was a celebration of achievement and academic dedication, capped by the traditional draping of graduates in green velvet hoods lined with NYIT’s signature blue and gold satin. In poignant moments punctuated by personal messages of thanks, 46 of the new physicians were hooded by their parents, grandparents, or siblings in the medical field.
Benjamin, known as “America’s Doctor,” reminded the graduates that many people will look up to them and that they will benefit from both the responsibilities and rewards of their practice.
“There’s nothing like the look on a mother’s face when you tell her her baby’s going to be OK, whether that baby is three or 33,” she said. “People are going to trust you and they’re going to respect you because you are a physician.”
Benjamin, who holds the rank of Vice Admiral, administered the military oath of office to seven graduates who attended NYCOM on military scholarships.
NYIT President Edward Guiliano said graduates will have a “front row seat….and perhaps lead the way” with some of the “breathtaking” medical advances of the future. “You have been trained to heal with your hands, your head, and your heart, and now you are officially ready to use that power,” Guiliano said.
In his remarks, Dean Thomas Scandalis said the medical profession is not a job or a career. “It’s a calling,” he said. “It’s not only what we are, it’s who we are. It’s an inseparable part of us that doesn’t leave us when we take off the white coat at the end of the day or night.”
Corey Lanzet, president of the graduating class, drew laughter with remarks that described “the fire pit that is medical school” and his "love at first dissection." He reminded his colleagues that they had the power to change the world, one patient at time.
“I personally don’t think we are in the business of performing miracles,” Lanzet said, “but prefer the idea that we are caring for, protecting, treating, and finding appreciation in the true miracle: that precious, elusive thing that every patient trusts us with – his life.”
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
Led by President Edward Guiliano
, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu