Every June, newly minted third-year students make the move from lecture halls to hospital wards. On Sunday, June 8, the class of 2016 assembled in Robbins Auditorium for a ceremony marking this transition.
To kick off the ceremony, the deans for the office of student affairs—Drs. Allison Ludwig, Joshua Nosanchuk and Stephen Baum—greeted the students dressed as characters from Harry Potter. They remarked on the magical, transformative stage of the students’ education, as well as the opportunities for developing their professional identities that lay ahead. The formal portion of the program also included comments from Dr. Baum and Dr. Edward R. Burns, executive dean, leading students in a recitation of the Prayer of Maimonides. This was followed by a video featuring the late Dr. Sharon Silbiger who discussed the challenges and rewards of going through clinical rotations and interacting with patients. Then, Dr. Steven Sparr, director of the neurology clerkship, read an essay he had written on his daughter’s transition to internship after her graduation from Einstein several years ago. Finally, fourth-year medical students Dana Rosenthal and Michael Kuo shared some post-transition experiences to offer perspective on what the class of 2016 can expect when they arrive at their clinical rotations.
To conclude the ceremony, Arthie Jeyakumar led her class in reciting the oath that they had created together two years ago during orientation, in which they pledged "to never lose sight of the human being before us" and to "advocate with empathy and without prejudice."
Following the ceremony, and before the event’s reception, a new component to the special evening was introduced—participation in WellMed sessions. These addressed aspects of health—namely, sleep, nutrition, time management and meditation—that can be affected by the demands of being on the wards. Each WellMed session was designed to teach students about the effect their well-being has on themselves and on their patients.
Einstein’s WellMed program links students to internal and external resources that can help them maintain their health amid the stresses and demands of medical school. These resources encourage emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
During the sessions, students discussed their own habits and ways they could implement better health practices for themselves. "By having these sessions, we hope our students gain an appreciation for the importance of self-care in their ability as physicians to administer patient care," said Dr. Ludwig.
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