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Class of 2013 Receives White Coats
“The white coat ceremony today symbolizes the beginning of your privileged journey into medicine,” said SOM dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA. “It is a lifelong journey of learning and healing. I charge you today to do the following: Walk well on this time-honored path. The white coat is just a symbol. What is most important is who is wearing it.”
After being coated, students recited an oath acknowledging their acceptance of the obligations of the medical profession. They also added their signatures to the school’s honor registry, a leather-bound volume signed by students in their first year, in which they pledge to maintain integrity throughout their years in medicine.
“It’s an accomplishment,” says Brandon Haugh of his new white coat. “Completing the course structure and development was our first milestone of medical school, and now it feels like we belong here.”
For the past several years, the white coat ceremony has been incorporated into a much larger program entitled “Medical Family Day,” which encourages participation of family as well.
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