INDIANAPOLIS — The hard work put in by 418 future physicians and scientists will be recognized Saturday when the IU School of Medicine holds its annual commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center.

The keynote speaker this year will be Aaron Carroll, M.D., professor of pediatrics and associate dean for research mentoring at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Carroll’s remarks will focus on preparing students for residency, his writings on depression among physicians, and why being a physician is a great career choice. Dr. Carroll has gained a national audience for his commentaries on health, medicine and policy issues in the Upshot section of the New York Times and numerous other publications, the Incidental Economist blog and the online video health program Healthcare Triage.

The IU School of Medicine will award:

  • 321 Doctor of Medicine degrees, including four M.D./Ph.D. and one M.D./MBA combined degrees
  • 33 Doctor of Philosophy degrees
  • 64 Master of Science degrees

A special segment of the ceremony is reserved for the newly named physicians. Following the formal hooding ceremony, IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S.A., will lead the new doctors in reciting the time-honored Physician’s Oath, promising, among other things, to practice their profession “with conscience and dignity” and always considering the health of their patients first and foremost.

In a ceremony Sunday afternoon, 144 associate and bachelor's degree graduates of the school's Health Professions Program will be recognized. The program includes emergency medical services, clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, histotechnology, medical imaging technology, nuclear medicine technology, paramedic science, radiation therapy, radiography and respiratory therapy.

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