Type keyword:  
| |
Press Release  
Release Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:22 PM
Howard University Logo
Media Contact:
Sholnn Freeman
Communications Specialist
Sebelius Urges 'Solemn Responsibility' to Medical Residents

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2014) – Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a group of successful medical residents and fellows at the Howard University College of Medicine on June 13 that she is often inspired by the “small miracles” performed daily by America’s doctors.

Sebelius is one of America’s leading voices on health policy, health care reform, and human service delivery. From 2009 to 2014, she served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as HHS secretary. She gave the keynote remarks at the Office of Graduate Medical Education’s recognition ceremony which honored the 83 medical residents and fellows who completed training at Howard University Hospital this year.

"During the course of my own public service, I've learned that two of the most powerful words in the English language are, “doctors say,’” Sebelius said. “After five years of HHS Secretary, six years as governor, and eight years as insurance commissioner, I continue to be inspired every day by the essential goodness, compassion, and generosity of doctors - and by the small miracles they perform every day even in the most basic elements of their practice."

She told graduates that they were entering the medical profession at one of the most important times in medical history and that they had a “solemn responsibility” to the community. At the ceremony, Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick reminded residents that the “center of your affection” must always be patients. Frederick, a surgeon who has held several leadership positions in the College of Medicine, said his own postgraduate training experiences were hallmarks of his career.

"As you go forward on your journey I hope you keep in mind that this is not a journey you traveled alone," Frederick said. "And this is just one destination on the journey that you will continue to carry on with."

At the ceremony, Outstanding Scholarly Activity awards were presented to Dr. Tolulope Oyetunji and Dr. John Hwabejire, residents from the Department of Surgery; and Dr. Hakeem Ayinde, a resident from the Department of Internal Medicine. The award captures residents and fellows who have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and plan to continue scholarly endeavors, research informed practice, and practice informed research.

Dr. Peter L. Sealy, associate dean for graduate medical education, helped hand out awards to numerous other postgraduate physicians who recognized for their participation in research and other leadership and scholarship endeavors while at Howard.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

© Howard University Office of University Communications,
2225 Georgia Ave. NW,
Suite 603, Washington, D.C. 20059
Webmaster / Contacts
- WWW Disclaimer
Follow Howard U.on :
Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitter Blog
free html visitor counters