On Wednesday, May 19, NYU Grossman School of Medicine held a virtual graduation ceremony celebrating the accomplishments and success of 121 new physicians. H. Leon Pachter, MD, the George David Stewart Professor of Surgery and chair emeritus of the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health, provided the keynote address.
Robert I. Grossman, MD, chief executive officer of NYU Langone Health and dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, along with Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the board of trustees of NYU Langone Health, also addressed the class. Other speakers included Steven B. Abramson, MD, vice dean for education, faculty, and academic affairs for NYU Grossman School of Medicine and chief academic officer for NYU Langone Health; Andrew Hamilton, MS, PhD, president, New York University; and Joel Abyson Kovoor, student speaker for the class of 2021. Also of note was a video tribute—featuring NYU Grossman School of Medicine education faculty and staff, student advisors, and medical students—that celebrated the students and highlighted memorable moments of their time in medical school.
“We are here today to celebrate your graduation as a student and the commencement of your medical career, a feat you accomplished under the duress of a pandemic, in a city that bore the brunt of the blitz, and at an institution that was strained beyond its capacity,” said Dr. Grossman during his speech, in which he shared 10 keys to having a career of meaning. “Ten keys…and two cents,” he teased, referring to his remarks, before congratulating the class and wishing them luck on their career journey.
About the Class of 2021
The Class of 2021 is composed of 121 students, all receiving doctor of medicine degrees. The class included 22 students graduating from the Three-Year MD Pathway—the first of its kind at a nationally ranked academic medical center—which allows students to earn the MD degree more quickly and at a significantly reduced cost.
Additionally, 21 students received dual degrees, including the following:
- 3 dual doctor of medicine/master of business administration degrees
- 7 doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy (MD/PhD) degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program
- 1 doctor of medicine/master of public health degree
- 10 doctor of medicine/master of science in clinical investigation degrees
In addition, 21 members of the class were inducted to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, and 25 members of the class were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
During his speech, Joel Abyson Kovoor referenced the pandemic as a pivotal point of medical school training, as an opportunity for students to showcase their resiliency, saying, “Whether it be self-organizing citywide PPE drives, participating in breakthrough COVID-19 research, or volunteering to distribute lifesaving vaccines, the class of 2021 has truly demonstrated greatness in times of difficulty.”