Passion and Practice

HMS master’s degree grads primed to influence biomedicine, health care

Alexa McCray at Master's graduation ceremony
At this year’s HMS Master’s Degree Programs Graduation Ceremony, Alexa McCray spoke to 86 degree recipients — including 9 in biomedical informatics — on being an accomplished, committed and honorable scientist.

“You are poised to have great impact in your chosen scientific field,” keynote speaker Alexa McCray told 86 degree recipients at this year’s Harvard Medical School Master’s Degree Programs Graduation Ceremony.

“You will follow different paths, but what will unite you all is that you will be scientists at heart and in practice,” said McCray, director of the Informatics Training Program at HMS.

Graduates of the School’s master’s programs go on to contribute to education and research at academic institutions, make technological advances in industry, and promote evidence-based policymaking in the public sector, McCray said.

“As the program's graduating students today have shown, there is a continuing need for investigators and other health and science professionals who are rigorously trained at the interfaces of modern biomedical science, clinical medicine and health delivery,” David Golan, dean for basic science and graduate education at HMS, told the graduates at the May 22 ceremony, saying that their future success is key to the goals and mission of the School.

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