Ben Carson tells MUSC grads to contribute to community

Members of MUSC's Class of 2012 gather in the halls outside of McAlister Field House as they prepare to process in Friday. (Brad Nettles/postandcourier.com) 5/18/12

Doctors and other medical professionals learn much in their respective training programs, pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson told Medical University of South Carolina graduates Friday.

And they should use some of what they have learned to make a difference in the community. They have “an education based on knowledge and facts,” and could use that to create change in the world. That’s much better than basing important decisions on emotions and politics, Carson said.

Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is well known for being part of a team that separated conjoined twins who were joined at the back of the head. His memoir, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” was made into a movie that premiered on TNT in 2009.

This year, 767 students graduated from the MUSC’s five colleges: health professions, nursing, pharmacy, dental medicine and medicine.

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