2011 Medical Family Day and White Coat Ceremony, University of Maryland School of Medicine

2011 Medical Family Day and White Coat Ceremony, University of Maryland School of Medicine


I remember feeling excited and accomplished.
I think it’s a big milestone in the process of medical education. I remember the talk
that was given by the President of the Class of 2009, who’s now an orthopedics resident
at union. I remember lining up with all my classmates and getting the coats put on was
a special feeling. I’m going to be talking to the parents and I’m going to be telling
them a little bit about what medical school is like and what the white coat means. My
name is Kim Ashadi [phonetic]; I’m from Southern California. I’m Greg Lessons; I’m
from right here in Baltimore. It’s a big first step, I guess, in the world of medicine.
I don’t know, it’s definitely a big symbol so it will be nice to formally be entered
into the field. It’s going to be great, also, being able to go to the hospital and
actually having a white coat instead of dressed up in our suit and tie or whatever so we’re
finally part of the tradition so that’s exciting. Okay. The white coat ceremony is
a very important milestone in a student’s life, in fact. It’s almost the first entry
into the field of medicine as a student. And I think it really symbolizes a lot; it symbolizes
commitment, it symbolizes a start of a career and it really is a high point in just the
educational, and, later, in the career because it really is a point where we give them a
charge. We give them a charge that they are now entering a very noble field, and one that
is just so rich with a rich history that they are becoming a part of. Kaitlin Carnell, Megan
Cassidy, Richard Cass [applause].

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