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PHILADELPHIA — This year, the graduating class of the Perelman School of Medicine has again distinguished itself from many of its peers around the country—with more than half of the 171 students obtaining dual degrees or certificates in addition to their MDs. About eight percent of graduates in the U.S. pursue these types of combined training programs, but for Perelman’s Class of 2014, that number jumps to 54 percent. “Every year, more and more students in addition to obtaining an MD degree take this avenue— completing a PhD, a master’s degree in subjects ranging from bioethics to business, or earning a certificate in women’s health research or clinical neuroscience, to name a few,” says Gail Morrison, MD, Senior Vice Dean of Education. “With medicine constantly evolving and changes to the health care system underway, many students today are inspired to diversify their skills and experiences to make their most of their careers. It’s a very exciting time in medicine and at Perelman School of Medicine.”

Speakers this year include Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, president of Brigham and Women's Health Care, who will deliver the commencement address, and alumna Arlene Bennett, MD (’64), a psychiatrist who was the first female African American graduate of PSOM.


Sunday, May 18, 2014 (9 am to 12:30 pm)


Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
NOTE: Reporters and Photographers must sign in with Steve Graff in the main lobby and pick up a ticket to gain admittance. Cell: 215-301-5221.

9:00 AM

Opening remarks given by J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD

9:10 AM

Commencement address given by Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, President, Brigham and Women's Health Care

9:30 AM Arlene Bennett, MD, a member of the Class of 1964, to present remarks
9:45 AM Presentation of diplomas and hoods
10:45 AM Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath
11:00 AM Recessional 

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, President of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital since 2010. A cardiologist and distinguished biomedical researcher, Nabel also served as Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute from 2005-2009.

University of Pennsylvania alumna Arlene Bennett (B.S. '60, M.D.'64). A psychiatrist with almost 50 years experiences in academic medicine and health community settings, Bennett currently serves as a staff psychiatrist at Pennsylvania Hospital.


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.