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The Commonwealth Medical College Graduation Saturday, May 10th

The Commonwealth Medical College to graduate second MD and fifth MBS classes on Saturday, May 10
On Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00am, The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will confer degrees upon our second class receiving the doctorate in Medicine (MD) and our fifth class receiving the master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences (MBS). The ceremony will take place at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Doors will open at 10:00am.  
This year’s Commencement speaker is Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University. Dr. Mullan is a national leader in public health, global health, and the healthcare workforce. 
Dr. Mullan has been an eloquent voice for the primacy of the interests of the patient in the professional identity of the physician and in healthcare policy.  He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service, initially as one of the very first physicians in the National Health Service Corps, and ultimately as director of the program. He subsequently worked at the National Institutes of Health, served on the staff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He also served as Secretary of Health and Environment for the State of New Mexico, as a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, and on the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform. 
Both his research and his policy work focus on U.S. and international health workforce issues.  His U.S. work includes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded “Beyond Flexner” study and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation-funded Medical Education Futures study. Dr. Mullan is the Principal Investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative Coordinating Center. He previously served as Principal Investigator of the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study funded by the Gates Foundation. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Health Museum. He is an appointed commissioner of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, the Founding Board Chair of Seed Global Health, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. 
Dr. Mullan has written widely for both professional and general audiences.  In books such as White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician and Big Doctoring: Profiles in Primary Care he argues passionately and convincingly that physicians and the health care system need to be focused on the needs of patients rather than less selfless priorities.  His book Vital Signs: A Young Doctor’s Struggle with Cancer describes his experience with the health care system as a patient struggling through an arduous ordeal. 
Dr. Mullan is the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.  He has received numerous awards, including the American Cancer Society’s 1988 Courage award, the Society for Surgical Oncology’s 1989 James Ewing medal, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, and the United States Public Health Service’s Distinguished Service Medal.  Dr. Mullan is the senior editor of Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Mullan graduated cum laude in history from Harvard University and received his MD from the University of Chicago.  He trained at the Jacobi and Lincoln Hospitals in pediatrics, in which he is board-certified.
For more information about TCMC’s 2014 Commencement and to RSVP, visit www.thecommonwealthmedical.com/Commencement.
(Information from Heather Davis Assistant Director, Marketing & Public Relations)

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