PRESIDENT OF ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES WILL ADDRESS GRADUATES
VALHALLA, N.Y., May 11, 2006 – Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., president of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), will address graduates of New York Medical College at the university’s 147th Commencement, May 24 at 5:00 p.m., in Carnegie Hall, New York City. The university will award 188 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 61 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 53 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees, 13 doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degrees, 9 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees and one doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) degree.
Dr. Cohen, who will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, has had a distinguished career of more than 40 years in academic medicine, leading the AAMC for more than a decade during one of the most challenging and turbulent periods in the history of health care. He has held medical faculty positions at Harvard, Brown and Tufts universities and is a former president of the medical staff at the Tufts-New England Medical Center (Tufts-NEMC) in Boston. Dr. Cohen graduated from Yale University and Harvard Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital and a fellowship in nephrology at Tufts-NEMC.
For the first time, the College is conferring a doctor of public health degree in epidemiology, a program developed to address the growing need for epidemiologists and public health practitioners to examine the conditions and determinants of health and disease in the population at the highest scholarly level.
Graduates of the School of Medicine learned in March where they will conduct their residencies. Forty-six percent of the medical school graduating class will go to hospitals in New York, 20 percent will do their residencies in California. The remainder plan to enter residencies at other prestigious hospitals throughout the country.