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Class of 2021

Laura Davis (M.D., '13) shares her wisdom, telling students that "medicine is not easy, and it's not always fun...but I wouldn't want to be doing anything else." In addition to her wise words, she reminds students to "embrace the journey" as they continue their medical education. (Aug. 11, 2017, 1h:16m)

Class of 2020

Class of 2020 Rachel Bixler (M.D., ’11) invited the first-year students to consider the life-altering moments that awaited them as physicians: “You have to tell them the biopsy was positive. The procedure didn’t work. The CT shows a mass. Sometimes it’s not terminal. Something straightforward to us, like a diagnosis of diabetes, but that was the diagnosis they fought years to avoid. And that’s when our patient’s world stands still.” (Aug. 12, 2016, 1h:17m)

Class of 2019

“I couldn’t have imagined,” speaker Zita Magloire (M.D., ’11) told the Class of 2019, “that the biggest lesson I would learn in medical school would come from my own personal experience with illness and death.” Two days before Magloire was scheduled to graduate, her sister died. “My sister’s experience as a patient taught me more about how to help others than I could have learned from a lifetime of watching others go through the same thing.” (Aug. 14, 2015, 1h:30m)

Class of 2018

Jonathan Salud, a Class of 2015 Gold Humanism honoree, smiled as he told the new students that over the summer they had “built up a nice little anthill” — compared with “the mountains and mountains of knowledge yet to come.” Through anecdotes based on his clinical experience so far, he explained that humanism is “the difference between simply providing care to, versus actually caring for, our patients.” (Aug. 22, 2014, 1h:20m)

Class of 2017

Jimmy Moss (M.D., ’10) earned a standing ovation after his eloquent address to the first-year students. “Everything that’s inside of you is way more important than anything that they can ever teach you,” he said. “The people who taught you how to be brilliant, who taught you how to be resourceful, who taught you how to use your intelligence for a purposeful cause, they’re sitting right behind you” – in the parents’ section. To get the full impact, you need to hear it all, in his voice. And listen to the introduction, for you won’t believe the odds he has overcome. (Aug. 16, 2013, 1h:16m)

Class of 2016

“Patients trust you,” said the featured speaker, Dr. Luckey Dunn, dean of the Daytona Beach Regional Campus. “You have to be worthy of that trust…. You make a difference one patient at a time.” Telling them that they’d be entering a fast-changing medical world, he added: “What never changes is the value of a compassionate, competent physician.” (Aug. 17, 2012, 1h:27m)

Class of 2015

Speaking to the first-year students, fourth-year student Natasha Demehri passed along hard-won wisdom from a time during clinical rotations when her private and professional lives collided. “I never thought that the first patient I would lose would be my friend,” she told them. (Aug. 19, 2011, 1h:17m)