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Dean Reves

2009 College of Medicine Graduates  

In my Oath Ceremony message of May 14 to our graduating students I wished our newest generation of physicians well in their life’s work.  A few of my remarks are given below:

Medicine is often referred to as ‘a calling.'  It takes countless hours of study and of sacrifice and self-denial.  Our work is a calling also because it is about service to others.  Just as the clergy ministers to others, you, too, will be asked in unique ways to assist your fellow man.  There is nothing comparable to this degree of trust put in your own hands.
We welcome each of you into medicine and remind you of the nobility of your calling.  The grandeur of your work is captured poetically by Emily Dickinson:

  If I can stop one heart from breaking,
  I shall not live in vain;
  If I can ease one life the aching,
  Or cool one pain,
  Or help one fainting robin
  Unto his nest again,
  I shall not live in vain.

We hope you will return often to your medical college and Charleston.  May God bless you, your families and your patients as you commence your life work of caring for others.
Jerry Reves, MD ‘69
Dean College of Medicine
Vice-President of Medical Affairs MUSC

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