This weekend marks an important annual event at Upstate Medical University, medical school and university graduation.
We often think of ourselves as employees and workers at a hospital. However, it is important to remember what sets our University Hospital apart from others. First, and foremost, we are a university. The hospital, while it exists for patient care in the region, also exists as the teaching classroom for our students. The hospital is the classroom and laboratory where young and impressionable minds, are turned into doctors, nurses, and other health providers over time. The graduation ceremony is an important rite of passage for these individuals as they leave medical school and enter residency training, or as they finish their education and enter the workforce.
The pomp and circumstance of a graduation is important to recognize their efforts and dedication. It is an important time for families to celebrate.
It is probably also a good time for all of us to stand back and reflect on the role that each of us has in the education of physicians and healthcare workforce of the future. On a daily basis, all of us have the opportunity to interact with students. The way we interact, the examples we set, the qualities of caring and empathy that we display, all are important components of how and what our students learn. Each of us has a role in helping to model our future workforce.
While each student and their family can be proud as they walk across the stage on Sunday to receive their diploma, each and every employee at University Hospital can also be proud for the contribution that they have made. Each or our graduates owes you a thanks your efforts.
Congratulations to all of our students, and thank you to all of the employees of University Hospital, each of whom is “teacher” in some way to our students.