2019 U-M Medical School White Coat Ceremony

2019 U-M Medical School White Coat Ceremony


>>Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to welcome
you all to the 2019 University of Michigan Medical
School White Coat Ceremony. I am Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar,
Associate Dean For Medical Student Education. And this is a tremendous moment. On behalf of the University
of Michigan Medical School, our faculty our staff, and our
more than 20,000 living alumni. I welcome you all to this proud
beginning and to our 23rd year of honoring the future of medicine the way it
deserves to be honored. I would like to acknowledge
the support of the Michigan Medicine
Alumni Society for sponsoring this
important event. And the Arnold P. Gold
Foundation for creating and establishing our white
coat ceremony concept. The Gold Humanism Honor Society, our dedicated student
organization, has also played a very
important role in helping to shape today’s ceremony. From selecting our speaker. To creating and sharing
the meaningful oath that our newest medical
students will take. As these learners begin
their careers in medicine, we hope this ceremony
will impress upon each of them the value that the gold
foundation strives to remind us, the importance of
humanism in medicine. Humanism describes the
authentic relationship we as physicians have with our
patients and our communities. It is captured in our spirit. Our values. And how we connect with
our patients and our call to serve those most in need. Through all of this, humanism
in medicine is also reflected in how we act towards
each other. And how we support each
other on this journey. This ceremony is a
welcome to our profession. To our school. And to our educational program. But it is also a reminder of why
we have chosen to do what we do. At this time it is
my great pleasure to officially welcome
the University of Michigan Medical
School’s newest class, the matriculating class of 2019, as they begin their
procession into the auditorium. [ Applause ] [ Music ]>>Good afternoon everyone. I’m Dr. Steven Gay. My personal pronouns
are he, him and his. And I am the Assistant Dean for
Admissions at the University of Michigan Medical School. We are exceptionally pleased
to welcome this unique and distinguished class
to our medical school. For your information, this year
there were 7,896 applicants. 507 interviews. And 177 students who
are matriculating to this institution. [ Applause ] 40 percent of our class
identifies as men. 60 percent identifies as women. 41 percent are Michigan
residents. And 59 percent are
non-Michigan residents. The class hails from 69
different institutions. 7 of which are located here
in the state of Michigan. 49 percent of our students
received degrees and majors that are not the conventional
premedical basic science majors. Now, a key skill you
will need to develop in medical school is the ability to identify relevant
information. I did not state MCAT or
GPA in the data today. Those metrics, like the
statistics I’ve just quoted to you, are not relevant. These numbers are useless
in defining who you are and what you may become. They are part of your past and
should continue to reside there. The numbers do not begin
to measure your excellence or academic capabilities
to our satisfaction. They are measures of
previous performance, and not of potential. If you believe that you can be
described simply by numbers, then we have chosen poorly. We did not compare to you each
other when we admitted you, so please do not compare
yourselves to those next to you. Each of you richly
deserves to be here. You are all unique and
talented individuals. [ Applause ] You have distinguished
yourselves with characteristics that include altruism. Curiosity. Communication. Integrity and resilience. Teamwork and leadership. These are the characteristics
we cherish and that define what
we aspire to be. There are times where we
have all doubted our talents and wondered if we
compare or belong. You are part of this class, not
because of your similarities, but because of your differences. A class becomes stronger when
we learn from each other. When we embrace what
makes us unique. Your very viewpoints,
experiences and opinions make us better. Share them. Respect them in others. And never think for a moment
that they are defined by grades, scores or some other mundane
definition of quality. They’re defined by your
experiences and your willingness to share them openly and
to receive them equally. Many of you arrive
here to become part of the University Michigan
community for the first time. And for some of you this
place has been your home as long as you can remember. These journeys have
all been unique. Demanding. And transformative. Know that these are the things
that define this medical school. The strength of this institution
does not simply manifest itself in our buildings. Programs. Opportunities. Or in our curriculum. It springs from the
extraordinary people who with passion, commitment
and talent believe that, if not Michigan, then who? It is our patients,
staff, faculty, alums and so many others
in our community who strive to be better every day. Who work to make our
world better in every way. And who believe in truly being
the leaders and the best. We are Michigan. We will not compare
ourselves to others. We will work to change this
world in a positive way. And assist all who need us. So either join us or follow
us, for we have work to do. When you understand this,
you understand who we are. Know that we are a family. And now you are a vibrant and
important member of this family. As we forever strive to be
the leaders and the best, it is clear that it
may be our challenges and failings that make us so. Because being the best
is not perfection. It is the resilience and
the inexhaustible attitude to go forward with each
other, together as one, with the same direction
and purpose. That purpose is to
change the world. To be the best physicians
we can be. And to believe this
world a better place than we first found it. So we now ask of
you to do your best. Give us and yourself
everything that you have. That focus can be
difficult to maintain. And to do this you need to
understand how as a part of this Michigan family
we support each other. Open your minds. Open your hearts. Open your arms to each other
and to us for help, strength, support and to succeed. Today you are surrounded not
by simply who brought you here, but by what is now
your Michigan family. The classmates, faculty,
alums and thousands of others that will support
you and teach you that you haven’t even met yet. Please remember, all of us up here began exactly
as you do now. Present for our first
day of medical school. Your experience will
not be our experience. But we empathize and
understand where you are and what you are going through. You may not always
be agreed with, but you will always
be listened to. You will always be supported. And we will always care for you. At times you will
have great success. At times you will struggle. Those are both times that you
turn to the family around you. Count on us. We believe in you. Begin to understand and
support those around you now, and they will never
let you down. With them you will become the
physician you have dreamed of and follow the clearest
path to your goal. My fellow deans, colleagues,
friends and family, I present to you the
matriculating class of 2019 for the University of
Michigan Medical School. [ Applause ] And now it is my great
pleasure to introduce to you, Dr. Carol Bradford, Executive
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for the University of
Michigan Medical School. [ Applause ]>>Good afternoon. On behalf of the faculty, staff
and learners of the University of Michigan Medical
School, we welcome you, our newest class of students. This is one of the
special days in your life that you will not soon forget. The beginning of your
journey to become a physician. Many of you have dreamed
about becoming a doctor since you were a small child. For others your aspirations
to serve patients and families blossomed
later in your young lives. Some of you are following family
members into the profession. Others will become
the first generation of their families to
practice medicine. No matter your motivation
to attend medical school, you did so to pursue
a profession that we all know is
truly a calling, rather, and it will always be
much more than a job. As you’ve heard from Dean Gay,
your time will be challenging. But will also be
tremendously rewarding. You will witness great
joy and also great sorrow. But you will stick to the
ideals of the Hippocratic Oath. And always be a passionate
caregiver and a fierce advocate
for your patients. The opportunities here
are truly endless. Wherever you go and whatever
you do in your four years or more here at the
University of Michigan, please know that all
of us are here for you. You will walk across this
stage, this very stage, twice during your careers. Today, to receive your
ceremonial white coat. When you graduate,
you will do so again when you receive your
medical degree and diploma. So take a moment to look around. Take all of this in. And dream of the
day you will return to Hill Auditorium as a doctor. Now I would like to welcome
the family members, friends and loved ones who
are here today to witness your formal
entrance into the University of Michigan Medical School
as a medical student. We know that our
students would not be here without your unwavering
support and dedication to our incoming medical
students’ education and career goals. Thank you to all of the
family, friends and loved ones who are here with us today. Thank you for being here. I would like to invite you
to stand, if you able to, for a round of applause. [ Applause ] Thank you. I would also like
to acknowledge all of my distinguished
colleagues and faculty members who are also here with us today. For our students, these distinguished faculty
will become your teachers and your mentors and
perhaps your friends who will help you
navigate challenges and also celebrate
your successes. And I wish to acknowledge all
the faculty here on the stage, perhaps in the audience
and at the University of Michigan Medical School
who will be your mentors and your teachers
on your journey. [ Applause ] In addition, I ask
you to join me in acknowledging your
fellow students from the M2 and M4 ranks who are assisting
us with today’s event. Will these students please
stand for a round of applause. [ Applause ] Thank you. To the many generous alumni
who have provided gifts to sponsor the ceremonial
white coats. Yours is a powerful and
practical statement of the faith in the brilliant and determined
young people we welcomed into our medical school today. Thank you for supporting
the next generation of Michigan trained physicians. [ Applause ] Students, as you don
your white coats today, you are taking a major
step on your journey to become a physician. Along with your white coats,
you will receive a symbol and tool of our profession. The stethoscope. A large part of becoming
a compassionate and empathetic physician
is the ability to listen. Thank you to the
many departments who helped sponsor this welcome
gift for our incoming class. [ Applause ] Additionally, I would like to
thank the medical school’s Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society for
their donation of reflex hammers to this incoming class. It’s important. [ Applause ] Finally, I would like to
recognize a very special group. These are the donors who support
medical student scholarships. And in many cases enable
students to pursue their dreams. To our scholarship donors, I would like to recognize
your extraordinary gifts to medical education at Michigan
by asking you to please stand. [ Applause ] And, finally, students,
welcome to Michigan. And go blue. [ Applause ] At this time I have
the honor and privilege of introducing Dr.
Marschall Runge, Dean of the medical school and Executive Vice
President for Medical Affairs. Dr. Runge. [ Applause ]>>Thank you, Carol. And welcome to all of you. We’re delighted to
see you today. You are our future and
your future in medicine. And this is, you couldn’t have
picked, if you had to picked, a greater time to
enter medicine. The advances that are made
today, the knowledge and skills that you learn will enable
you to have a bigger impact on health than I think in
any previous generation. These advances that
we’ve all seen over the past number
of years are amazing. And I know the future
will be even more amazing. So as you start your journey, I’d like to give you a
little bit of advice. Now, you’re going to get
a whole lot of advice. So I’ll keep mine brief. As I look back on my
professional life, and I probably speak
for all of us. I can offer you four key points. The first is mentors. Now, in my day we
didn’t call them mentors. But I know my career and my
life was impacted by those who took the time to help me
find my way through medicine. Find my way through life. It’s not exactly the same
thing as a role model, but often times they overlap. And they come from
any walk of life and anybody you may have
experienced during your medical education. So, first, mentors. Second, develop a plan. But don’t feel like you
have to stick to it. Don’t think that whatever road
map you have in your mind today, if you have one, is
necessarily where you’ll end up. You may have some other
exciting and more intriguing and more compelling
opportunities during your career. Next year. Five years from now. Fifteen years from now. So keep your mind open as
to these opportunities. And I know this has been
a factor in my career. I certainly never envisioned when I was entering medical
school to have a career in medical administration
and academic medicine. Third, I think the
most important, and this is probably the
most important advice that I can give you. Is to follow your passion. I truly believe that you all
have followed your passion to be here today. And you’ll learn
different things about different aspects
of medicine. Different ways in which
you can improve health or make a difference
in the world. And what’s most important
is to follow that passion. Because, when you
follow your passion, you end up doing exactly
what you want to do. And there’s so many different
ways that you can be involved in medicine and do that. Finally, coming back
to the thought about not sticking to your plan. Keep your eyes open
for opportunities. There will be many. And many of our students
have opportunities, unique opportunities
during medical school. So always keep your mind open to
what these opportunities may be. Today is just the beginning of what I think will be
an incredible journey. It was for me. It was for all of us. And it will be for you. It’s difficult, but much more
rewarding than it is difficult. I wish you all the very best
as you begin that journey. At this time I have the honor of introducing today’s key note
speaker, Dr. Sarah Hartley. Dr. Hartley has been a
faculty member since 2008 and currently serves as
Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine
Residency Program. And Clinical Assistant Professor at the VA Ann Arbor
healthcare system. She conducts research
on inpatient guidelines to standardize the
care for diseases such as atrial fibrillation
and osteomyelitis. Dr. Hartley received the Kaiser
Permanente Award for excellence in clinical teaching at the
dean’s award dinner in 2018. Now, please join me in giving
Dr. Hartley a warm welcome. [ Applause ]>>Thank you. Thanks, Dr. Runge. It’s an incredible honor
to speak with you today. And I want to begin by
extending a warm welcome to our newest Michigan
medical students. This is a memorable
moment for you. Your friends and family
who join us here today. The communities you represent. And the faculty here
at Michigan. We are all proud you of you. Excited for you. And rooting for your success. As many of you may know,
the historical story of the white coat actually
began in the operating room. Where it was used as a
barrier to protect the patients from the germs of the
surgeon’s clothing. And to protect the
surgeon from bodily fluids. As the partnership between
medicine and science grew, the lab coat became
a part of medicine. The link between the
discoveries within science and the advancement of
medical care are real. But that’s only one
piece of the puzzle. The art of medicine is
how we use that science to deliver patient care
that is respectful. Compassionate. And sensitive to our
patients’ values. In the words of Theodore
Roosevelt, nobody cares how much you know until they know how
much you care. The white coat ceremony
is a wonderful reminder of that commitment. But it isn’t about
the coat at all. And instead starts with
the individual who wears it and their commitment
to compassion. To our incoming students,
you now sit with individuals who days ago were strangers. And they’re now colleagues. The journey to this moment has
been unique for each of you. For some it’s the love of
science that guides you. Others may have been
driven by a deep history of family members in medicine. And you have a desire to
follow that same path. Some of you may be motivated by your own personal
health struggles or through witnessing the
struggles of a loved one. And those experiences
have inspired you to work to help ease suffering. Each of your initial motivations
merge today as you launch on this journey together. It will be through the
recognition of your differences and the understanding of
your strengths that each of you will bring to medicine that you collectively
will succeed over the next four
years and beyond. Your success up to this point
has likely not been an endeavor you pursued in isolation. But instead one informed
by the guidance and input of others you trusted
along the way. Reflect for a moment on a
time when you felt unsure. Stuck. Or just knew you needed to get the perspective
of someone else. How did you decide where
to seek that advice? Perhaps you started with
a search of the Internet. That’s often where our
patients start as well. But when the Internet doesn’t
yield what you’re looking for, you start to look beyond that. Perhaps you looked to a parent, someone who’s been
there throughout life. Someone who’s demonstrated
time and time again that they understand you and have your best
interests at heart. For others you may have looked to a college professor
or mentor. Someone you admire
because you had the chance to witness their
expertise in action or respect the work
they have done. So often in those
moments though it’s not about finding the
person who knows. But instead trying
to find the person who can help you understand. The one who will
take time to get to know you as an individual. Now ask yourself, how can I
be that person for the patient that I am just meeting? One who is unsure or scared? How do I gain their trust? Acknowledge their concerns? And help to develop a plan
that meets their needs? There will be numerous
times in medicine where your treatment plan
will have nothing to do with writing for a medication. Ordering a test. Or making a referral. The primary part of that
plan will be about listening to your patient and being
assured that they feel heard. And each of these
encounters is an opportunity to make a difference. You have the foundation
to connect with others. And over the years ahead,
medicine will be a journey full of new discoveries and
lessons along the way. As a physician, I thought
I understood the importance of genuinely hearing
a patient’s concern and using empathy to relate. To demonstrate that they were
not alone as we worked together to come up with a plan. A few years ago I was
reviewing radiology images with a colleague. As we reviewed them, she described the concerning
features of the mass that we were looking at. And in the end recommended
a biopsy. That conversation we were
having wasn’t something that was completely new to me. But from there my next step
typically had been to go sit with the patient and
help them understand. The difference that day
was that I was the patient. The images we were
looking at were mine. In that moment I developed
a new appreciation for fear and the tension between knowing
the next steps and wanting to take a giant step back. My request was that
they call the physician who had ordered the test. It wasn’t that I
doubted the expertise of the individual
I was sitting with. But instead I wanted to
connect with the physician who had been there in the
past and knew my story. That moment has since
served as a humble reminder of the importance of recognizing that despite empathy there
are times my understanding isn’t complete. And it highlights the incredible
value of the human connection that is enhanced in
the moment of need. It is not uncommon to hear
that medicine is a team sport. It’s an analogy that
works well when we think about the delivery of care. There’s not a day in
medicine where I don’t look to the expertise of
other physicians. Colleagues in nursing. Nutrition. Social work. Countless others. Each individual has
an area of expertise and brings those skills
with them to the team. Together we’re better than
any one of us individually. You are now part of that team. And you must continue to use
all the skills you’ve learned over the years to help
us function optimally. Collectively, the team goes
further when we work together. Question one another. And share a common goal of
helping the patients we see. However, there are occasions
when I struggle a bit to see where our patients fit
in that team analogy. Are they always included
as an active teammate? Or is their care the next play
the medical team is preparing? Are there times the
patient feels their role is to catch the ball
we throw and run? And, if so, do we always
take the time to ask them if they know which
direction they’re going? Or if they have ideas on
what may make the run a little easier? We try. But sometimes
we miss the mark. When we get it right, we discover our patients
are not only innovative, but many also want to
find a way to share things that have helped
along their journey. My dad was diagnosed
with Parkinson’s disease when I was in medical school. Over the years his
disease are progressed. But one of the symptoms was
that his voice weakened. It became harder for my mom to
know when he would call for her if she was in a different
room of their house. They decided one day to
use a wireless doorbell. He could push the button. It would chime throughout
the house. And my mom would know
when he needed her. It worked. And they were really
proud of their creativity. His care teams were
often as surprised by their approach as I was. It’s a constant reminder that
no one of us is more invested in enhancing the quality
of our patients lives than the patients themselves. And we must find a place
for them on the team. These are things you
can start to incorporate from your first clinical
encounters. Because the two things
it requires are curiosity and the willingness to listen. The simple question of,
what are you struggling with and how can I help may
be all that are needed. I firmly believe my
role in the lives of other human beings
is a privilege. And I’m proud to wear the
white coat in this role. I continue to work on
developing the skills to meet those I encounter
with and open mind and to hear their unique story. Part of my growth has clearly
been in the moments outside of my formal training. Each of you bring your past
experiences with you as well. And you too will
encounter moments that will broaden your view. Embrace each of these
as a moment of growth. You are the future
of health care. And you are here today,
not because someone on the admissions committee
thought had you potential to be incredible, but
because you are incredible. You have found ways to compassionately
commitment your time. Push science forward. Gain knowledge. And make others on the teams
you’ve been a part of better. Those are the exact
traits medicine needs to succeed in the future. We extend this white coat to
you today as an invitation to the profession in hopes that
you will see it as a reminder of the importance of self-care. The care of others around us. And the care of the patients
we have the privilege to serve. In the years ahead you will
likely have mixed feelings about this white coat. You will undoubtedly stuff
the pockets full of all sorts of books and equipment. Only to realize that, if you
sit in a chair with arms on it, your stethoscope or something in your pocket will
inevitably get caught under the arm of the chair. And as you attempt to stand, it will pull you
back into the chair. Perhaps that’s a built-in
function we underappreciate. Reminding us that some of the most valuable
time we spend is sitting with the patient and
learning about who they are. I want to close with
one final thought. As you put on your white coat,
many of you will feel a need to readjust it because it
sits funny on your shoulders and it pushes on your neck. As this happens, take a
moment for mindfulness. I think of it as a
reminder of the weight and the responsibility of our
profession followed by a shrug that allows me to readjust
it and lighten the load. Similar to the adjustment
other members of the team help
me make every day. That piece is a bit
of a reminder that this isn’t my
responsibility to carry alone. I am surrounded by colleagues. Staff. Students. And patients that are
eager to participate. And, finally, as you venture
off to meet a patient, this coat is a reminder
of the promise that you will one day make
in the Hippocratic Oath. There is an art to medicine. And our role is to care for another human being
whose illness may affect that person’s family
and economic stability. Our relationships include these
related problems if we are to care adequately for the sick. Welcome to medicine. [ Applause ]>>Thank you so much,
Dr. Hartley, for those incredibly
inspirational words. And for reminding us that our
team includes our patients. And now I think it is time for
us to proceed to the next phase of our ceremony today. To begin the cloaking process that will officially
mark the beginning of your journey into
our profession. And into the family of
medicine at Michigan. As you don your white coats, you
acknowledge the responsibilities and obligations of
our profession. And commit yourself to
both scientific excellence and compassionate patient care. You are no longer
just a student. You are assuming
the responsibility to prepare yourself to care for
all of your future patients. We, the faculty at
the University of Michigan Medical School, realize this is a
very long process. But today you take that
first step under our guidance and under our tutelage. As you reach the stage,
we ask that you stand at this microphone and
at the top of the stairs and introduce yourself
to the audience. Giving us your name. Your hometown. And the name of your
undergraduate college or university. Just those three things. Your name. Your hometown. And the name of your college. Then please cross the stage where you will be officially
cloaked by Dr. Bradford and greeted by other members
of our leadership team. Including Dr. Runge and the rest
of us to get your stethoscope. Your gold humanism lapel pin. And your AOA reflex hammer. Congratulations, and let us
begin this part of the ceremony. [ Applause ] [ Background Sounds ]>>Bryan Aaron. Ann Arbor, Michigan. University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Kiley Adams. I’m from Puyallup, Washington. And I went to Notre Dame. [ Applause ]>>Hi my name is Fahmida Ahmed. I’m from Hamtramck, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Jodi Allison from
Greenfield, Wisconsin. I went to the University
of Wisconsin. [ Applause ]>>My name is Chioma Anidi. I’m from Walnut, California. I went to UC Berkeley. [ Applause ]>>I’m Brendan Appold
from Islip, New York. And I attended Stanford
University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Davis Argersinger. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name’s Akul Arora. I’m from Troy, Michigan. And I graduated from
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Namratha Atluri. And I’m from Novi, Michigan. And I attended Duke University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Fred Ayres. I’m from Southfield, Michigan. I attended Wesleyan University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Amanda Bahamonde. I’m from Weston, Florida. And I attended Nova
Southeastern University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Keoni Bailey. I’m from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. And I went to Marquette
University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Emily Balczewski. I’m from Lafayette, California. And I went to Carleton College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Sharika Bamezai. I’m from Chester
Springs, Pennsylvania. And I went to the
University of Pennsylvania. [ Applause ]>>Sarah Bendit from
Baltimore, Maryland. I went to the University
of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Michelle Benedict from
Campbell, California. Alumni of San Francisco
State University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Trista Benitez. I’m from Portland, Oregon. And I attended the University
of Southern California. [ Applause ]>>My name is Willie Benjamin. I’m from Edina, Minnesota. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Andrew Benvenuto. I’m from Morristown, New Jersey. And I graduated from the
Ohio State University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Alexis Berkovits. I’m from Hidden Hills,
California. And I graduated from
the University of Southern California. [ Applause ]>>My name is Abhishek
Bhattacharya. I’m from San Francisco,
California. And I went to UC Santa Barbara. [ Applause ]>>My name is Serena Bidwell. I’m from Dexter, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name Ralph Bogan. I’m from Waynesville, Missouri. And I went to Truman
State University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Shannon Cahalan. I’m from Ann Arbor. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Lauren Capra. I’m from Cary, Illinois. And I went to the
University of Chicago. [ Applause ]>>My name Anne Cardwell. And I’m from Kalamazoo,
Michigan. And I went to Case
Western Reserve University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Hannah Carter. I’m from Middletown, Maryland. And I went to University of
Maryland Baltimore County. [ Applause ]>>Any name is Devon Cassidy. I’m from Mullica
Hill, New Jersey. And I went to the
University of South Carolina. [ Applause ]>>My name is Hannah Castillo
from Bay City, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name Sophie Chatas. I’m from Columbus, Ohio. And I went to Williams College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Alyssa Chen. I’m from Novi, Michigan. And I went to Yale University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Caleb. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And went to the University
of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Anna Conlon. I’m from Ann Arbor. And I went to Oberlin College. [ Applause ]>>Hi I’m Kinsey Corbin. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio. And I went to Lafayette College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Jason Correll. I’m from Cabot, Arkansas. And I attended the United
States Air Force Academy. [ Applause ]>>My name is Noah Cutler. I’m from West Bloomfield,
Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>G. Das. St. Louis, Missouri. UCLA. [ Applause ]>>My name is Kavya Davuluri. I grew up in Canton, Michigan. And I graduated from
Wayne State University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Peter Delaney. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. And I attended Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>My name is Katie Deutsch. I’m from Farmington,
Connecticut. And I went to Brown University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Andrada
Diaconescu. I’m from Brownsburg, Indiana. And I went to Johns
Hopkins University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Jeff Dudley. I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. And went to the University
of Maryland. [ Applause ]>>My name is Emily Evans. I’m from San Diego, California. And I went to Boston University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Hannah Fagen from
Port Washington, New York. And I went to the
University of Pennsylvania. [ Applause ]>>I’m Delaney Feldeisen
from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I went to Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>I’m Charlie Ferreri. I’m from Goodrich, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name Erin Finn. I’m from West Bloomfield,
Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Juan Fonseca-Guzman. I was born and raised
in Venezuela. And I attended Harvard
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Colby Foster. I’m from Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hello, I’m Brian Franklin
from Menlo Park, California. I went to the University
of Alaska Anchorage. [ Applause ]>>My name is Grace Frecentese. I’m from Stillwater, Minnesota. And I graduated from the
University of Wisconsin Madison. [ Applause ]>>My name is Matt Friedland. I’m from Poughkeepsie, New York. And I went to Bowdoin College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Vahram Gamsarian. I’m from Fullerton, California. And I went to Vanderbilt
University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Brittany Gates. I’m from Livonia, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Kristin Geczi. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. And I attended Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>My name is John Gerlach. I’m from Sammamish, Washington. And I attended Yale University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Serena Gill. I’m from Denver, Colorado. And I attended the
University of Colorado Boulder. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name’s Amalia
Elvira Gomez-Rexrode. I’m from Washington DC. And I went to the
University of Michigan. Go blue. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Nathan Graham. I’m from Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan. And I graduated from the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Bhavna Guduguntla. I’m from Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan. And I attended Wayne
State University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Asel Haidar. I’m from Dearborn, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name Anisa Haque. I’m from Lexington,
Massachusetts. And I went to Brandeis
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Alyssa Hardin. And I’m from Bend, Oregon. And I went to the
University of Oregon. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Cameron Harter. I’m from Chicago,
Illinois and went to the University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Catherine Haviland. I’m from Chapel Hill,
North Carolina. And I went to the
University of North Carolina. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Ally Herman. I’m from Villanova,
Pennsylvania. And I went to Northwestern
University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Annelie Herrmann. I’m from Northfield,
Michigan and I went to Harvard University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Calvin Hesse. I’m from Portage, Michigan. And I went to Grand
Valley State University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Ahmad Hider. I’m from Dearborn, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hello, I’m Henry Hilow,
Jr. I’m from Lakewood, Ohio. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Lauren Hoff. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, Faith Horbatch
from Northville, Michigan. And University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Jessie Hoxie. I’m from Howell, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name is
Donovan Alexander Inniss. I was born and raised
in Nassau Bahamas. And I attended Saint
John’s University Minnesota. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Rafik Issa. I’m from Tartus, Syria. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Sonia Iyengar. I’m from Los Angeles,
California. And I went to UCLA. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Mayank Jayaram. I’m from Canton, Michigan. And I went to Michigan
State University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Danielle Jean. I’m from New York City. I went to Stony Brook
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Shannon Jiang. I’m from Castle Rock, Colorado. And I went to Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>My name is Yena Kang. I’m from Farmington,
Connecticut. And I graduated from
Cornell University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Meera Kattapuram. I’m from Bethesda, Maryland. And I went to Cornell
University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Abed Kawakibi. I’m from Pensacola, Florida. I graduated from UCLA. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name
is Nima Keyvan. I’m from Los Angeles,
California. And I went to school
at the University of California San Diego. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Emma Kilbane. I’m from Hopkins, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Nick Kline. I from Grand Haven, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Curtis Kuo. I’m from Okemos, Michigan. And attended the
University of Pennsylvania. [ Applause ]>>My name is Aurianna Lajaunie. I’m from New York City. And I went to Connecticut
College. [ Applause ]>>I’m Johan Lee. I hail from Grand
Rapids, Michigan. And I went to Calvin College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Tom Leith. I’m from Cambridge,
Massachusetts. And I went to Harvard
University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Anran Li. I’m from Brooklyn,
Massachusetts. And I graduated from
Wellesley College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Benjamin Li. I’m from Rochester, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Kerena Lin. I’m from Eden Prairie,
Minnesota. And I went to the
University of Minnesota. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name
is Evelyn Londono. I’m from New York City. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Noah Lybik from
Carmel, Indiana. The University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Christian Mackey. I’m from Grosse Point
Park, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Nina Maghsoodi
from Okemos, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name
is Arushi Mahajan. I’m from Troy, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Nilla Majahalme
from Tampere, Finland. I went to the University
of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Mariam Maksutova. I’m from Riga Latvia. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name is
Alexandra Mansour. I’m from Lake Orion, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Dan Marciniak. I’m from Spokane, Washington. And I attended the
University of the Washington. [ Applause ]>>My name is Mohamed Mazeh. I’m from Dearborn, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Kristopher Mell. I’m from Carlton, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Toledo. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Keith Miller. I’m from Simi Valley,
California. And I went to UCLA. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name’s Humza Mirza. I’m from Portage, Michigan. And I went to Columbia
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, everyone. My name is Taylor Morgan. I’m from Detroit, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name is
Francine Moriguchi. I’m from Rochester, Michigan. And I used to go to
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Genevieve Mulligan. I’m from McLean, Virginia. And I went to Harvard
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi everyone. My name is Aurelio Muzaurieta. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. And I went to Harvard
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Katie Neff from
Pasture Valley, California. And I went to UC Berkeley. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Noah Newman. I’m from Broomfield
Township, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Shay Nguyen. I’m from Vietnam. And I went to UC Santa Barbara. [ Applause ]>>I’m Alex Nickel. I’m from Angola, Indiana. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m McKenna Noe. I’m from San Diego. And I went to UCLA. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Mohamed Noureddine. I’m from Dearborn
Heights, Michigan. And I went to Wayne
State University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Alannah O’Brian. I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. And I went to Harvard. [ Applause ]>>Good afternoon everyone. My name is Rachel O’Reggio. I’m from Berrien
Springs, Michigan. And I went to Andrews
University. [ Applause ]>>My name Eric Olsen. I’m from Tallahassee, Florida. And I attended Brigham
Young University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Hootan M. Ovidvar. I’m from Irvine, California. And I went to the University
of Southern California. [ Applause ]>>My name is Anjola Onadipe. I’m from Lagos, Nigeria
and Mankato, Minnesota. And I attended Minnesota
State University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Regina Onishchenko from
West Bloomfield, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Caroline Oska. I’m from Shelby Township,
Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Jiwon Park. I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana. And I went to MIT. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Ally Pierce
from Portage, Michigan. I went to the University
of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Kourtney Pony. I’m from Valparaiso, Indiana. And I went to Princeton
University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Megan Purdy. I’m from Boulder City, Nevada. And I graduated from
Northwestern University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Kaavya Puttagunta. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Grecia Quiroga. I’m from Jackson, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Theresa Rager. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio. And I attended Boston College. [ Applause ]>>I’m Sarah Raven from
Evanston, Illinois. And I went to Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Aaron Renberg. I’m from Bethesda, Maryland. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Chris Reynolds
from Wilmington, Delaware. I went to Boston College. [ Applause ]>>My name is Caroline Richburg. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. And I graduated from the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>My name is Jeremiah Ricketson
from Angel Fire, New Mexico. And I went to the
University of Tulsa. [ Applause ]>>I’m Anthony Rios. I’m from Miami, Florida. And I went to Vanderbilt
University. [ Applause ]>>My name is Daniel Rizk. I went to University
of Michigan. And I’m from Ann Arbor. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Holly Roberts. I’m from Hudson, New Hampshire. And I graduated from
Boston University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Jonathan Rouhana. I’m from Plymouth, Michigan. And I went to Notre Dame. [ Applause ]>>I’m Rebecca Row. I’m from Austin, Texas and
went to University of Tulsa. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Kyra Sagal. I’m from Westfield, New Jersey. I went to Bryn Mawr College. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Kirin Saint
from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Christine Schellack. I’m from Marlton, New Jersey. And I went to Duke University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Nicole Sekula. I’m from Lexington,
Massachusetts. And I went to Bowdoin College. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Christina Shabet. I’m from Troy, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Limi Sharif. I’m from Canton, Michigan. And I went to Wayne
State University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name’s Rita Shehirian. I’m from San Diego, California. And I went to Colgate
University. [ Applause ]>>Good afternoon. My name is Andrew Shute. I’m from Petersburg, Michigan. And I went to Pepperdine
University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name’s David Sidhom
from Detroit, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Central Florida. [ Applause ]>>My name is Max Sievers. I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan. And I went to Hope College. [ Applause ]>>My name’s Jeremy Skvarce
from South Lyon, Michigan. From Michigan State University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Maya Smith. I’m from Southfield, Michigan. And I went to Hope College. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name
is Jeffrey Sobieraj. I’m from Orange County,
California. And I went to UC San Diego. [ Applause ]>>Hello, I’m Dylan Starck. I’m from Monroe, Wisconsin. And I went to Marquette
University and Harvard School
of Dental Medicine. [ Applause ]>>I’m Zoe Stukenberg from
[inaudible] City, Maryland. And I went to the University
of Maryland College Park. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Rebekah Sugarman. I’m from Syosset, New York. And I went to the
University of Chicago. [ Applause ]>>Hello, my name is
Connie Thanapuasuwan. I’m from South Brunswick,
New Jersey. And I graduated from
Cornell University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Josh Thariath. I’m from Hawthorne
Woods, Illinois. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Reinie Thomas. And I’m from Portage, Michigan. And I went to Hope College. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Aurelie Tran. I’m from Irvine, California. And I went to UC Berkeley. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Nicki Trupiano. I’m from East Greenwich,
Rhode Island. And I went to the University
of North Carolina Chapel Hill. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Roberta Ukavwe. I’m from Delta State, Nigeria. And I went to Wayne
State University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Kinsey Vear
from Marquette, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Shreya Verma. I’m from Naperville, Illinois. And I graduated from
Northwestern University. [ Applause ]>>I’m David Wong from
Richland, Washington. And I went to Rice University. [ Applause ]>>I’m Christopher Whitlock. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. And I went to the
University of Georgia. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Kyle Wickham. I’m from Palm Bay, Florida. And I went to the
University of Chicago. [ Applause ]>>My name is Clare Wieland. I’m from Lake Forest, Illinois. And I went to MIT. [ Applause ]>>Hi everyone. My name is Jay Wong. I’m from Baldwin, New York. And I went to Yale University. [ Applause ]>>Hi, I’m Minna Wybrecht. I’m from [inaudible] and
Grand Rapids, Michigan. And I went to the
University of Michigan. Go blue. [ Applause ]>>I’m Daniel Yang from
Diamond Bar, California. I went to USC, University
of Southern California. [ Applause ]>>Hi everyone. My name is Angela Yim. I’m from Northfield, Michigan. And went to Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is
Kathy Crystal Young. I’m from Plymouth, Michigan. And I went to Washington
University in St. Louis. [ Applause ]>>My name is Raymond Zhao. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>Hi, my name is Kevin Zhu. I am from Rochester, Michigan. And I attended the
University of Michigan. [ Applause ]>>I’m Caroline Zubieta
from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And I went to Duke University. [ Applause ] [ Applause ]>>So now it is time for our
new learners, our students who are part of the
matriculating class of 2019 to join one another in
delivering the University of Michigan medical
school’s white coat pledge. This pledge was written by
medical students in our chapter of the Gold Humanism
Honor Society. Members of this society are
selected by their peers. And have a responsibility
to model. Support. And advocate for compassionate
patient-centered care throughout their careers. Having a Gold Humanism
Honor Society chapter at Michigan reflects
the value that we place on interpersonal skills. And the attributes
we need in order to provide the highest
level of care. The students who created this
pledge two years ago gathered input and ideas from
fellow classmates and faculty members here
at the medical school. And the words in this
oath truly reflect a community-wide commitment. This commitment not only guides
mindful, compassionate care, but it reminds us to approach
every patient with empathy. Respect. And a sincere
willingness to understand. And it encourages us to
support and encourage each other to become the best possible
physicians that we can be. As doctors, our role is
to listen to our patients. Advocate for them. And help them heal. We will all encounter
difficult days. Stressful situations. And disappointing outcomes in our education
and in our careers. But it is important to
remember why we are all on this journey together,
to help others. I hope you take the words
you recite to heart. And when you encounter
challenges, as we all do, I hope you remember the optimism
and the ideals in this pledge. And let those guide you
throughout your journey in medicine. I’d like to welcome our
students Katherine Holt and Kasmir Klim [assumed
spellings] who will lead our
newest medical students in the white coat pledge. [ Applause ]>>Thank you and
congratulations. Please repeat after me. I’ll listen to each
patient’s unique human story.>>I’ll listen to each
patient’s unique human story.>>I will mind my biases and treat every patient
with compassion.>>I will mind my biases and treat every patient
with compassion.>>I will assume the best
in others and be kind.>>I will assume the best
in others and be kind.>>I will support my colleagues
as we join to care for patients.>>I will support my colleagues
as we join to care for patients.>>I will appreciate my
opportunities in this profession and advance them
for all who follow.>>I will appreciate my
opportunities in this profession and advance them
for all who follow.>>I will care for myself
as I care for my patients.>>I will care for myself
as I care for my patients.>>I will forgive myself for my
mistakes and learn from them.>>I will forgive myself for my
mistakes and learn from them.>>I will strive for excellence
while being mindful of my limits and those of medicine.>>I will strive for excellence
while being mindful of my limits and those of medicine. [ Applause ]>>So thank you all
so much for being with us here today
at today’s ceremony. I hope it has been as
inspirational for you as it has been for us. As we close, I want
to remind everyone that our students will lead
us out of the auditorium and onto the front steps where
they will take a class photo. Again, thank you all for
coming and for sharing in this celebration
that marks the beginning of an intellectually rewarding and personally fulfilling
medical career for each of our new students. We are all so proud and
honored to welcome them to our community
here at Michigan. Congratulations to our newest
class of medical students at the University of Michigan,
the matriculating class of 2019. And go blue. [ Applause ]

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