May 17, 2001

UCSD School of Medicine To Graduate 112 New Physicians

Institute of Medicine President to Present Commencement Address

On Sunday, June 3, 69 men and 43 women will be awarded their M.D. degrees, with eight receiving M.D./Ph.D. degrees, at the UCSD School of Medicine commencement ceremony. This year’s commencement speaker is Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., President of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM).

The graduation ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the East Lawn of the UCSD School of Medicine in La Jolla, between the Medical Teaching Facility and the Stein Clinical Research Building.

Shine is immediate past Dean and Provost for Medical Sciences of the UCLA School of Medicine, where he continues to be Professor of Medicine Emeritus, and he is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, in addition to his leadership of the IOM.

Membership in the IOM, an organization of the National Academy of Sciences, is a distinguished honor. Members are elected on the basis of professional achievement in medicine, health, the natural and behavioral sciences, law, administration, government service and engineering.

As IOM president, Shine oversees the organization’s activities, which are dedicated to advancing and disseminating scientific knowledge to improve human health. IOM projects are designed to provide information and advice to the government, the corporate sector, the professions and the public. More than 50 reports were released last year, including recommendations on improving Medicare coverage, studies of emerging infections and vaccines, initiatives to strengthen clinical research, and an award-winning analysis of patient safety called “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.”

The range of specialties chosen by graduates is broad with medicine and pediatrics being the top specialty choices respectively. Seventy-four of the graduates will do their residencies in California; 16 will be at UCSD.

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