94 doctors-in-training receive white coats

17 Jan 2021

Receiving a white coat is an iconic rite of passage for a doctor-in-training in the United States.

On Sunday, January 17, 2021, the UQ Ochsner Clinical School held its 11th annual White Coat Ceremony at Ochsner Center for Academic Excellence, with family members and friends of the students joining the celebration virtually.

Head of the UQ Ochsner Clinical School, Professor Ron Amedee said receiving a white coat is a physical reminder of the oath these students have taken to serve, to heal, to lead, to educate and to innovate for their patients – each and every day.

“It is a privilege for our exceptional faculty at UQ Ochsner Clinical School to play a role in shaping the next generation of physicians,” said Professor Amedee said.

During the ceremony, 94 doctors-in-training received their White Coats and Humanism in Medicine pins – a visual reminder displayed on the lapel of each White Coat to remind students to keep compassion and empathy at the center of clinical practice.

The ceremony concluded with a recitation of the Oath of Clinical students, which serves as the official start to the second phase of the UQ Ochsner Medical Degree program focused on clinical experiences.

The 94 medical students who received their White Coats graduated from respected institutions across the country including Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Emory University, University of California,, Georgetown University, Duke University, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University and New York University, as well as in-state institutions Tulane University and Louisiana State University.

They join approximately 860 medical students have received their white coats from UQ Ochsner Clinical School and are now practising medicine across the country and Australia.

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