124 Incoming Medical Students Receive Symbolic “White Coat”

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124 Incoming Medical Students Receive Symbolic “White Coat”
Former SBU quarterback, a theater artist from Long Island, among the 124 new students

All 124 incoming Stony Brook medical students took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 28, 2012 – The Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2016 officially entered the world of medical training on August 19 at the School’s traditional “White Coat” ceremony. All 124 students with varied educational and professional backgrounds and from 61 colleges and university nationwide put on their new physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. Held at Stony Brook since 1998, the White Coat ceremony is an initiation rite for incoming medical students at established medical schools around the country. The white coat is symbolic to medicine as a profession based on professionalism, scientific excellence, responsibility, and compassionate care. To accommodate the growing medical needs and specialized care for the U.S. population, the Association of American Medical Colleges recognizes the need to train more physicians in coming years. 

Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine, presents Michael Coulter, the 2011 Stony Brook Seawolves’ quarterback who graduated with a BS in Biochemistry, with a Stony Brook Medicine white coat.

“Wearing the white coat brings with it much responsibility, as a caregiver, problem-solver, scientist and communicator,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP., Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine. “I promise you, your path in medicine will never be dull, filled with opportunities to help transform the lives of countless patients. The Class of 2016 comes to Stony Brook equipped with a myriad of talents, interests, humanity and academic success, all of which will serve you well in your medical journey that starts with your Stony Brook Medicine white coat.” During the ceremony, Stony Brook University School of Medicine also recognized its 2012 …

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