Ph.D. Student Ceremonies
Sponsored by the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences
June 16, 2016
The Qualification Jubilation
Each year, the graduate division and the Einstein Alumni Association honor third-year Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. grad students who’ve received master of science degrees and are candidates for doctoral degrees. This year’s celebration, known as the Qualification Jubilation, honored 33 students. Victoria H. Freedman, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate programs, and Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., Einstein’s Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, offered opening remarks. Barbara K. Birshtein, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, scientific director for the training and educational grants office and director of training grant support programs, was chosen by the students to deliver the keynote address.
September 21, 2016
The Declaration Celebration
The annual Declaration Celebration marks the end of a first-year grad student’s rotations through several laboratories and the beginning of
thesis work in his or her lab of choice. The research culminates in Ph.D. degrees. This year, 34 Einstein students declared new “lab homes.” Keynote speaker Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, reminded students that earning a Ph.D. requires dedication and hard work.
Medical Student Ceremonies
Sponsored by the Einstein Alumni Association
August 17, 2016
The White Coat Ceremony
At this annual event, an Einstein alumnus “cloaks” each first-year medical student in a physician’s white coat donated by the Einstein Alumni Association. The white coat symbolizes the responsibilities that await the future physicians and the humanistic values and scientific excellence they will need. This year’s event brought together the 183 members of the Class of 2020, faculty and special guests. Speakers included Yaron Tomer, M.D., professor and chair of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore, and Janina Galler, M.D. ’72, the president of the Alumni Association’s board of governors. Some alumni had the privilege of cloaking family members.
September 20, 2016
First-year Einstein medical students receive sets of scrubs in the fall from the Alumni Association to mark the start of the Gross Anatomy course. Students also learned who would be in their lab groups.
September 21, 2016
The Stethoscope Ceremony
The Stethoscope Ceremony introduces new Einstein students to a critical diagnostic tool. Keynote speakers this year were Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber, M.D. ’59, who received the 2012 Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, and Martin N. Cohen, M.D., professor of medicine.