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Former U.S. Congresswoman Christensen Will Deliver The 31st Morehouse School of Medicine

Commencement Address


U.S. Virgin Islands Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust Chair to Address MSM Graduating Class of 2015



Delegate ChristensenATLANTA – May 13, 2015 – The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, M.D., Former U.S. Virgin Islands Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust Chair, will address the graduates during Morehouse School of Medicine’s  (MSM) 31st commencement exercise on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 9 a.m. MSM will award advanced research, public health, and medical degrees to 102 students during the graduation ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College.


Having served nine terms as U.S. Congresswoman, Delegate Christensen is a recipient of numerous awards, a sought-after speaker in health equity and a woman of many congressional historical firsts.  She is the first female physician to serve as a U.S. Congress member, the first woman to represent an offshore Territory, and the first woman Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands.  She first addressed specific health issues, such as practices at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and protecting the rights of people with disabilities, during her 10 years on the House Committee on Small Business. Delegate Christensen has also been involved with the creation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Minority AIDS Initiative and National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities. 


“Like Delegate Christensen, MSM has been working to close the health care gap.  Over the last 40 years, our institution has trained medical professionals who are committed to their patients and not just their medical condition,” said Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine.  “We are honored to work with partners like Delegate Christensen as we prepare and inspire the most important aspect of our school, our students, who help expand MSM’s global reach both as students and alumni.”


MSM will confer degrees of M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, master of public health, master of science in biomedical research, master of science in clinical research and master of science in medical sciences.


This year’s M.D. class had the following Match Day results:


  • 98.3% of MSM M.D. students were matched to a residency program
  • 82% Matched to the specialty of their First Choice
  • 69% Matched to Primary Care and Core Specialty Disciplines
  • 25% Matched to programs in Georgia


MSM will present two honorary degrees to Delegate Christensen and Anthony Welters, J.D., Executive Chairman, Black Ivy Group, LLC, and Trustee Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine.


About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)


Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals. In 2011, MSM was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s No. 1 medical school in fulfilling a social mission. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.


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