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Volume XXII, No. 2 Summer 2012 Graduation Edition Alumni Connection A Legacy of Learning The Lessons After Graduation Could Be the Most Important Dr. Robert E. Hermann, center, Alumni Medical Director and former Chairman of the Department of General Surgery Dr. Hermann Celebrates 50 Years in Medicine Robert E. Hermann, MD, Alumni Medical Director, didn’t travel to the beat of a different drum. No. It was a trumpet. He got pretty good with it, too, even before he started a swing band at his alma mater, Harvard. They were called the Harvardians. And were it not for his concern that long road trips would wear thin after awhile, we might never have seen the Robert E. Hermann who, at age 40, was appointed Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at (Editor’s note: For this graduation edition of Alumni Connection, we spoke with Joseph F. Hahn, MD, neurosurgeon and Cleveland Clinic Chief of Staff. Dr. Hahn has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is widely known for his wit and wisdom and his learned perspective on today’s medical issues. Here are some of his views on what our graduates face today in the everchanging world of medicine.) Joseph F. Hahn, MD “There are at least four new things our graduates are about to learn as they move forward in their medical careers,” says Joseph F. Hahn, MD, neurosurgeon and Cleveland Clinic Chief of Staff. Lesson One. “Medicine is a ‘foreverlearning’ experience,” says Dr. Hahn. “You have to keep on top of developments in your field and in medicine generally. I’ve been doing this for more than 40 years, and I still read and learn and discover every day. Our classes of 2012 may have closed their textbooks, for now, but they can never close their minds.” He urges our graduates to continue their medical educations through journals, interaction with their peers, seminars, Continued on page 6 INSIDE: Lerner College Class of 2012 4 l Contacts 20–22 l In Memoriam 21 continuing medical education classes and certifications to maintain or add to their professional credentials. The medical degree can rest in a place of honor at home or in a medical office, Dr. Hahn says, but our graduates are about to learn that in the future they will be judged on more than just their educations. “When I’m looking at hiring someone for Cleveland Clinic, I don’t look at their degree. Why? Well, we’ve had some superb practitioners here who hailed from relatively obscure institutions, and we’ve had some nincompoops from the Ivy League. I look at what the candidates have done since they got their degrees. I’m looking at their interaction with their peers and their patients, their depth of medical knowledge, their technical skills. Those Continued on page 2

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