College of Medicine-Tucson Convocation - Remarks by Dan Derksen, M.D.
May 14, 2020 College of Medicine-Tucson Convocation, remarks by Dan Derksen, M.D., 2019 Alumnus of the Year, University of Arizona COM-T
Congratulations class of 2020!
36 years ago I graduated from the College of Medicine here in the class of 1984.
I married a classmate – Krista Wills - and a few weeks later we began our residency training.
I remember those events as clear as if they happened yesterday.
Just as you will - celebrating this incredible moment with your friends and family.
In a few weeks you begin an intense and exhilarating phase of your fledgling medical career.
Residents are a crucial part of our nation’s health system.
Your knowledge and empathy will be put to the test by the events unfolding around us.
During medical school, and soon your residency – you develop lifelong relationships with students, residents, attendings – and especially your patients.
Keep the passion and excitement you feel today – to heal and comfort your patients, whatever your specialty, wherever you practice.
As you hone your clinical skills in residency, please help us identify and address unmet needs in the communities you practice.
As these days so clearly illustrate – our health system needs your most creative and innovative ideas to make it better.
Please stay connected with us through the alumni association as you enter this incredibly exciting phase of your medical career.
I hope you will come back to Arizona to practice when you finish residency.
But even if you don’t - you are a Wildcat for life – and you are always welcome here!