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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.

WHERE: Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall
260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2011
9 - 11 AM
9:00 AM Processional
9:05 AM Opening remarks
9:15 AM Commencement address given by Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh
9:45 AM Presentation of diplomas and hoods
10:45 AM Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath
11:00 AM Recessional
  • 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
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.

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 $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 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 $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.