To the graduating Cardiothoracic Chief Residents Drs. Jennifer Burg, Kellianne Kleeman, and Carlo Rosati:
As Theodore Roosevelt said*, “It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
*Words referring to gender have been changed.
You all know the triumph of high achievement, and we are proud to send you into the world as University of Michigan trained cardiothoracic surgeons. Best of luck in your future careers!