The 39th Medical Commencement

Alpert Medical School to award 113 degrees

May 16, 2013  |  Media Contact: David Orenstein |  401-863-1862
“Now being admitted to the profession of medicine ...” - The medical graduation ceremony, with hoods and Hippocratic Oath, takes place in its traditional setting, the First Unitarian Church.
“Now being admitted to the profession of medicine ...” The medical graduation ceremony, with hoods and Hippocratic Oath, takes place in its traditional setting, the First Unitarian Church.
The Warren Alpert Medical School Class of 2013 Commencement ceremony begins at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 26, in the First Unitarian Church. Speakers include Dr. Bethany Gentilesco and student Jon Treem.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — More than 100 students will officially become medical doctors when The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University holds its 39th Commencement at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, in the First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent St.

“It is wonderful to see another graduating class from the Alpert Medical School, as well as the program in Biology and the new School of Public Health,” said Dr. Edward J. Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences, who will step down as dean June 30. “Brown produces the finest doctors and researchers in the nation and I am proud to have been able to influence their educational experiences in a positive way for the last five years as dean.”

Wing will lead the 113 graduates in the Physician’s Oath, a version of the Hippocratic Oath that has been a tradition in the Alpert Medical School since the students of the Class of 1975 prepared it.

At their graduation the 58 women and 55 men will hear from two speakers: Dr. Bethany Gentilesco and fellow student Jonathan Asher Treem.

Gentilesco, a clinical assistant professor of medicine, works with students both before and after they graduate from medical school. She is the site director for the internal medicine clerkship and associate program director for the internal medicine residency program.

Gentilesco will strike a dualistic theme when she gives an address titled “Everyone Has Two Secrets” that traces the path from undergraduate study through residency and ultimately into professional practice.

Treem came to the Alpert Medical School four years after completing a major in film studies at Yale in 2004. He spent the period in a self-described “existential crisis” teaching English in Korea and working as a corporate recruiter in San Francisco. At Brown he pursued the scholarly concentration in aging, conducting research in functional neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s disease. He also co-funded a student-run youth education and advocacy initiative called BrANCH. After graduation he will begin a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Treem will impart some of his existential insights in an address titled “You Are Not a Doctor.” The speech will address the importance and difficulty of preserving an expansive sense of self at the beginning of one’s medical career.

Another Commencement tradition — the Medical Senior Citation — is an award voted upon by the graduating medical class to honor a member of the faculty. The M.D. Class of 2013 will honor Dr. Paul George, a 2005 graduate of the Alpert Medical School, associate director of pre-clinical curriculum, and assistant professor of family medicine.

After the ceremony, graduates and their friends and family may head to the College Green for the University’s Commencement ceremony.

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