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New York Medical College 152nd Commencement Set for May 24

VALHALLA, N.Y., May 18, 2011– New York Medical College will award 197 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 28 doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degrees, 5 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, 62 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 96 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees and 3 doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) degrees to the Class of 2011 at the university’s 152nd Commencement. Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), will give the Commencement address. The event will be held May 24 at 5:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Dr. Kirch, who will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, writes and speaks frequently on health reform issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to becoming AAMC president in 2006, Dr. Kirch served for six years as senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the College of Medicine, and CEO of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Kirch served as dean and senior vice president for clinical activities at the Medical College of Georgia from 1994 to 2000. In addition to these leadership roles, he also co-chaired the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools, and now serves as a member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners and chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Special Medical Advisory Group. He is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

A psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist by training, Dr. Kirch began his career at the National Institute of Mental Health, becoming the acting scientific director of the Institute in 1993 and receiving the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service. A native of Denver, he earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Colorado.