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Medical alumni have messages for new students

Published: October 15, 2012

Alumni of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine have a wide-range of advice for the first-year students who will receive a note in their clerk's jacket at the White Coat Ceremony today. Here are excerpts from the notes:

Mark J. Magenheim, a graduate of 1974 now based in Florida, said: "I have been fortunate to have travelled the world practicing 'the McMaster Way'. You will also appreciate the way of learning, and the great resources available to you will ensure you emerge as a competent, compassionate and caring physician. Relish the experiences that await."

Paul Labrecque, a 1995 grad and family physician in Calgary, wrote: "Remember to balance your life with interests outside of medicine and academia. I highly value my training at McMaster: It has led me to an enriching career."

Amanda Bell, '98, a family physician in Port Colborne, had this advice: "Eat, sleep and use the bathroom whenever you have the opportunity. Surround yourself with the positive energy and love of those that matter to you. Respect your patients, your teachers and expect respect in return."

Achilles Thoma, '76, a plastic surgeon in Hamilton, gave specific advice on time management and study habits, adding: "Listen more to what others have to say and speak less. When you speak, make sure your words are sensible and useful to others."s

Lyndsay Rein Evans, '11, a family medicine resident in Kitchener, said: "Don't forget to think — independent thought is what got you into medical school. Make sleep a priority. Be kind to allied health professionals — always."

Rebecca Anglin, '05, a Hamilton psychiatrist, said time will fly by: "Perhaps the greatest lesson I was taught as a student of medicine was to always remain intellectually curious and committed to understanding each patient."

Andrea Steen, '89, a family doctor in Windsor, said: "Believe that the people in the Mac family will help you develop into an excellent physician."

Dawn Davies, '93, a pediatrician in Edmonton, had this advice: "Keep grounded in non-medical friendships. Know your neighbours. There is a whole world out there with no pathology!"

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