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John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony

Now in its 19th year, this ceremony has become a time-honored tradition, emphasizing the
humanism of medicine. First-year students are welcomed into the Miller School of Medicine
family of physicians as they are symbolically pinned by alumni and academic society leaders.
Casual dinner buffet following the ceremony.

Joel Salinas, M.D. ’11, MBA ’11, MSc – Guest Speaker
Dr. Salinas is the assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, the clinical director
of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health and director of the Salinas Lab at
Massachusetts General Hospital. Born with synesthesia, an extraordinary neurological trait,
Salinas is the author of Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain


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