“May you live in interesting times.” This is only the first half of an oft-quoted statement thought to have originated with Sir Austen Chamberlain, an influential British statesman of the 1930s. It is the second half that rings particularly true these days: “We move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.” We do, and while this is challenging, I argue that we are better for it — as are our medical students. The exciting work being done by Rush Medical College has continued throughout these difficult but hopeful times.
As we approach the end of the academic year, we have several opportunities to recognize the achievements of our medical students. This year’s Match Day was March 18, and we were able to celebrate in person for the first time since 2019. We’re looking forward to sharing more on where our graduating students will continue their training during residency. We will also host our annual Awards Ceremony and Commencement Banquet on April 28.
Shortly after commencement on April 30, the Rush Medical College Class of 2024 will have their White Coat Ceremony, which was postponed due to the pandemic. The ceremony will be a wonderful occasion to recognize our students as they begin their third-year clerkship rotations in May. Looking toward the second half of the year, we will host a White Coat Ceremony in September for the incoming Class of 2026. Thank you to all our generous alumni for your continued support of the white coats and stethoscopes.
Please save the date for All Alumni Weekend on Oct. 21-22. This year’s reunion is part of Rush University’s 50th-anniversary celebration, and we hope to see you here.
I am humbled to have taken the role of interim dean and have been grateful for your support and generosity of spirit. I wish everyone well as we move toward the hopefulness of spring.
Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD, FACOG
Interim Dean, Rush Medical College
John M. Simpson Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology