I’m confident that many of our readers are familiar with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), “the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations."
Despite having attended or participated in nearly 30 commencements in my role as a father and a Dean, I’ve never received an honorary degree until this year. I was thrilled to give the commencement address at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA, and receive an honorary degree for the first time.
As my physician wife (of the past 37 years) is fond of saying, “We are both rounding third base, heading to home” with regard to our long and fruitful careers as physician leaders. Therefore, when I am invited back to give a second plenary speech to any particular organization, it is an especially important opportunity.
KLAS holds an annual event that brings together vendors and customers on neutral territory to improve the quality of offerings in the healthcare marketplace. Admittedly, this is an unusual methodology, and I was asked to set the intellectual table for this important event that was focused on population health.
Of course, real peace is priceless. Seeking true peace is at the center of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Alas, I am not speaking about this kind of peace, but rather I am referring to the hard work of a team of persons at Jefferson University Hospital, or the Pharmacoeconomics and Cost Effectiveness (PEACE) Committee.
“Learning from Yellowstone”: Commencement Address to Philadelphia University Physician Assistants Graduating Class
As a parent and a faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University for the past 26 years (including 8 as Dean of our College of Population Health), I have been to more than my share of commencement exercises. Fortunately, I really like going to commencement. As a result, I was honored to be invited to address the 2016 graduating class of physician assistants from Philadelphia University, especially now that our 2 great centers of learning will be merging over the next 3 years.
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