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Overcoming Pandemic Challenges, Third-Year Medical Students Celebrate Annual Student Clinician Ceremony

July 07, 2021

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBAThe annual Student Clinician Ceremony at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) was held in Leadership Hall on July 2, 2021, to formally welcome the third-year medical students to their clinical rotations.  In their rotations, students begin seeing patients alongside doctors and residents as they gain experience in primary care and medical specialties.

The ceremony was especially significant since the class of 2023 was interrupted by the pandemic during their first year as medical students. This meant that much of their medical school experience thus far has been through remote instruction.

Donique A. Cross, MD“Through the sudden change, the unknown, and the challenges that virtual learning inevitably brings, you didn’t miss a beat,” said UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor. “You are now equipped to confront the real-life challenges that your medical professions will undoubtedly bring.”

The students also heard words of encouragement from Donique A. Cross, MD, Clinical Instructor Fellow in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “You all have demonstrated that you have the resilience and the adaptability to succeed in medicine,” said Dr. Cross. “In the midst of a global pandemic, you retrained your minds and your routines to learn and study in a way that I’m sure felt unnatural to many of you.”

Video: 2021 Student Clinician Ceremony Speaker
Donique A. Cross, MD

 

With pandemic restrictions coming to and end, students are looking forward to being with patients as they transition to patient care.

“It’s a very big deal for us,” said third-year medical student Uwa Okojie. “That’s why I wanted to be a physician, and why I pursued medicine.” 

The Student Clinician Ceremony aims to address some of the anxiety felt by students entering this transitional period by providing insight and discussing fears and expectations. The ceremony marks the beginning of an important new chapter in their medical education.

“When people think of wanting to be a doctor, they think of being with patients in the hospital,” said medical student Lucy Murnane.

During the Student Clinician Ceremony, students receive professionalism pins to wear on their white coats as a constant reminder of their duty to their patients and their profession in agreeing to follow the Physician Charter.

Video: Student Clinician Ceremony 2021

 

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 45 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished two-time winner of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1.2 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically based care for nearly 2 million patients each year. The School of Medicine has more than $563 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total population of nearly 9,000 faculty and staff, including 2,500 student trainees, residents, and fellows. The combined School of Medicine and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact more than $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School of Medicine works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu

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