May 11, 2007

CONTACT: Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

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History Is Made as More Female Than Male Medical Students Graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dr. Atul Gawande Presents Graduation Address at the 241st Commencement

(PHILADELPHIA) – 2007 marks the first year that a University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine graduating class is comprised of more women (78) than men (77).  Surgeon and writer, Dr. Atul Gawande, will provide the Graduation Address to these 155 graduating medical students, as they begin their journey as new doctors.


Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center [parking, directions, and map]
260 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Monday, May 14, 2007

8 p.m.


8:05 p.m. Opening remarks by Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCH, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
8:15 p.m. Graduation Address presented by Atul Gawande, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and The New Yorker magazine
8:45 p.m. Presentation of diplomas and Hooding Ceremony
9:45 p.m. Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath
10 p.m. Recessional

Editor's Note: If you plan on attending, please contact Kate Olderman at 215-349-8369 or 215-200-2312.


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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