Distinguished guests, esteemed faculty members, fellow graduates, and honorable members of the Class of 2023,
Today marks a momentous occasion as we gather here to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the graduating class from the College of Chinese Medicine at China Medical University. It is with tremendous pride and joy that I stand before you as the Dean, representing our esteemed institution, and address to our graduates of the Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine, Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, and International Master Program in Acupuncture.
First and foremost, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of you who have persevered through countless hours of study, research, and clinical practice to reach this significant milestone in your academic journey. Your commitment, dedication, and passion for the field of integrative medicine and acupuncture have brought you to this defining moment. Today, we stand united, a diverse cohort of talented individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and nations, ready to embark on the next phase of our professional lives.
As you step forward into the world as accomplished master's and doctoral degree holders, remember that you possess the power to make a lasting impact on the lives of others. Integrative medicine and acupuncture embody the essence of holistic healing, recognizing the connections of mind, body, and spirit. This ancient wisdom, coupled with your contemporary knowledge and skills, positions you to become catalysts of change and pioneers in the field of healthcare.
While you possess an arsenal of technical expertise, it is essential to remember the importance of empathy, compassion, and patient-centered care. Behind every patient's diagnosis lies a story, a unique narrative that calls upon your expertise to heal, soothe, and restore. The art of medicine extends far beyond the confines of a clinic; it permeates through the relationships we build, the trust we earn, and the compassion we offer. In the words of Sir William Osler, a renowned physician, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease."
Today, we honor not only your individual accomplishments but also the collective strength we have fostered as a community. You have had the privilege of learning from esteemed faculty members, collaborating with brilliant minds, and sharing experiences with fellow students, both domestic and international. Cherish the relationships you have forged during your time here, for they will be invaluable in your professional endeavors. The exchange of ideas, cultures, and perspectives has enriched your education and has prepared you to embrace the global nature of healthcare.
As you embark on this new chapter, remember that learning is a lifelong journey. The field of medicine is ever-evolving, and it demands continuous growth and adaptation. Be fearless in pursuing knowledge, embrace innovation, and be open to the possibilities that lie ahead. As the great English poet Alexander Pope once said, "A little learning is a dangerous thing." Let your thirst for knowledge be insatiable, and let it guide you towards excellence and innovation in your chosen path.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the faculty, staff, and family members who have supported and nurtured our graduates throughout their academic endeavors. Your guidance, mentorship, and unwavering belief in their potential have been instrumental in shaping them into the exceptional individuals they are today.
Graduates of the Class of 2023, as you step out into the world as ambassadors of integrative medicine and acupuncture, remember that you possess the power to shape the future of healthcare. Embrace your roles as healers, innovators, and advocates for the holistic well-being of your patients. Draw strength from the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine, enrich it with the knowledge of modern science, and let your compassion be the guiding light on your journey.
Congratulations, Class of 2023!
May your accomplishments pave the way for a brighter, healthier future for all. Thank you.
Hung-Rong Yen, M.D.,Ph.D.