May 21 2012
Brookville, N.Y. (May 21, 2012) ─ Nearly 300 new doctors of osteopathic medicine celebrated with family, friends, and faculty at the 31st Hooding Ceremony of New York Institute of Technology’s New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"As physicians, we are all in the position to make a difference and change the lives of our patients and medical science,” said Dr. Kristen Hawkins, president of the Class of 2012 and winner of the NYCOM Alumni Association Award.
Each new physician was draped with the traditional doctoral hood trimmed in green, the color representing the academic discipline of medicine, and lined with NYIT’s signature blue and gold. As they walked across the stage, they stated their names – now preceded by “Doctor” – and were hooded by faculty members or, in some cases, by family members who are practicing physicians.
Keynote speaker Dr. Jordan Cohen, professor of medicine and public health at George Washington University, told the new doctors that they are entering the medical profession during a new “age of enlightenment.” He challenged them to be aware of major changes resulting from the transformation in health care.
“Are you ready for the coming paradigm shifts?” Cohen asked. “Be prepared to be accountable for everything you do; be prepared to welcome your patients’ participation in decisions about their care; be prepared to devote your professional energies not only to your patients’ needs but also to unmet health needs of our society as a whole; be prepared to husband society’s limited resources, and be prepared to be respectful members of multidisciplinary teams.”
Cohen received the Riland Public Service Award, named for W. Kenneth Riland, who helped establish NYCOM and the School of Health Professions.
NYIT President Edward Guiliano
noted that more than 5,700 students have earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the university.
“As you leave here today, you will increasingly be called upon in your residency programs and ultimately in your practice lives to use human connectivity skills to generate creative ideas; to innovate and enhance health care; to collaborate effectively with other professions; and to engage with the health of the global community,” Guiliano said.
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 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 14,000 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, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu