On May 6, 2016, Max Essex, the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard and Chair of the Harvard AIDS Initiative, addressed the graduating class of 60 physicians at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The ceremony took place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, West Virginia. Here are Essex’s remarks.
Special congratulations to all who are graduating. I’m honored to be invited to your celebration. You should feel gratified, proud, even exhilarated with what you have accomplished. You have chosen a wonderful profession. You will be greatly appreciated but also profoundly challenged by whatever track you choose. No area of knowledge is moving faster than medicine. Quite apart from the revolution in technology to access information, the pace of medical research assures that much of all you’ve learned will be obsolete in another 10 to 20 years when you are leaders in your profession.