- May 3, 2011
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Graduates Class of 2011
Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein Gives Final Commencement Address as Dean
PHILADELPHIA — One hundred and forty seven Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania students will take the Hippocratic Oath for the first time as new doctors this Sunday, as Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine, recites the oath for the last time as Dean. Dr. Rubenstein will also be giving the commencement address, focusing on the critical need to preserve the doctor-patient relationship in 21st century medicine.
||Kimmel Center – Verizon Hall
260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
||Sunday, May 15, 2011
9 – 11 AM
||Commencement address given by Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh
||Presentation of diplomas and hoods
||Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath
NOTE: Reporters and photographers must sign in with Jessica Mikulski and pick up a ticket to gain admittance in the lobby of the Kimmel Center.
- Amy Gutmann, PhD, President of the University of Pennsylvania, will give introductory remarks
- Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, Dean of Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the Commencement Address
In his 10 years as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine, Dean Rubenstein led the School to its highest rankings ever in the annual survey of graduate and professional schools by U.S. News & World Report. At the same time, he strengthened Penn Medicine's financial status and infrastructure, embarked on strategically important construction projects, and enhanced its programs in research, clinical care, and education. In 2009, Dr. Rubenstein received one of the highest honors in academic medicine, the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education, from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Dr. Rubenstein is perhaps best known for his role in strengthening interdisciplinary and translational research at the Health System and School of Medicine, but during his tenure at Penn, in addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Rubenstein has always made time for teaching, usually focusing on the doctor-patient relationship. He has a specific passion for strengthening the doctor-patient relationship. As he stated when he arrived on the Penn campus, "I wouldn't have come if I couldn't teach. . . . It's in my bones and blood." He also continues to lecture throughout the nation, primarily on the obesity epidemic and the challenges faced by academic health centers.
His transition will mark the end of 10 "enormously successful and productive years that have immeasurably strengthened Penn Medicine and thus the University," said University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, PhD. Dr. Rubenstein will remain with Penn as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.
Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 16 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $398 million awarded in the 2012 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Penn Medicine also includes additional patient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2012, Penn Medicine provided $827 million to benefit our community.