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Published in This Week on May 27, 2014

AAMC president addresses grads at ceremony

Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, addresses the School of Medicine's Class of 2014 during the school's Long Coat Ceremony May 22 at the Jackson Convention Center.

Kirch, who also had addressed the class at its Short Coat Ceremony in August 2010, said, "The white coat you put on then wouldn't have felt natural, and wouldn't feel natural until you filled it with experience."

Referring to the "powerful memories" the students had built during medical school, he added, "The people here created some of those memories.

"Someone here purchased your first Fisher-Price doctor kit. Now you're about to become the real thing."

A psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Kirch became AAMC president in July 2006 after serving in leadership and faculty positions at the Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University, the Medical College of Georgia and George Washington University. In 1993, he was recognized for his contributions to the NIMH when he received the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service.

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