Commencement

3 pieces of advice for this year’s DO graduates

DO leaders share words of wisdom with the newest group of freshly minted DOs.

This year’s graduation season is markedly different from years past, but some things remain the same: a new group of freshly minted DOs is ready to provide compassionate, whole-person care in diverse health care settings across the country.

The AOA rounded up some of the best commencement advice for grads from today’s DO leaders and compiled it in the video above. Below are three key tips from the video:

“A piece of advice that has worked well for me is to not be afraid to say ‘I don’t know.’ ” —Mikhail Varshavski, DO, also known as Dr. Mike, a New York-based family physician and health content creator

“It’s important that you cultivate just as much compassion for yourself as you do for your patients.” —Lauri Hicks, DO, director of the CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship

Preventive care is everything, and that’s how we can change this nation.” —Rozy Khan, DO, a critical care attending physician in Los Angeles

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