"Your Leap of Faith Has Paid Off" Dr. John Hitt, 2014 Commencement Address at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine

This week’s Medical Commencement Archive speech comes from Dr. John C. Hitt at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. In his speech, he congratulations the newest UCF COM graduates on choosing to attend the new medical school. What…

An Ambulance's Burden

I step off of Northeast Corridor 7871 and into New Jersey. Sunlight makes the tracks look so warm that I feel cheated when cold wind rushes my face. A man walks toward me. He comes close enough for me to…

The Future of Heart Surgery

The work of Dr. Christiaan Barnard was one of the most influential factors inspiring me to pursue medicine with the goal of becoming a heart surgeon. Pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Denton A Cooley shared his opinion about the impact that…

Poem about Pain

My sophomore year of college, I had the incredible fortune of taking a course entitled “Literature and Medicine,” taught by a professor who inspired me in more ways than she ever will know.  Professor Karen Thornber introduced me to the…