On Friday, Aug. 16, the School of Medicine welcomed the 156 students of the Class of 2023 to the University of Virginia at the 2019 White Coat Ceremony and Convocation, endowed by the Class of 1965, held in Old Cabell Hall. This is an annual event presented by the UVA Medical Alumni Association (MAA) and Medical School Foundation (MSF).
Barry Collins, Executive Director of the UVA MAA and MSF and Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs, welcomed the new students, families, and attendees. Student speaker Sarah Dudley, SMD20, President, School of Medicine Mulholland Society, talked to the new students about the importance (both practical and symbolic) of their white coats. School of Medicine Dean David Wilkes, MD, James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science, stressed that students should not forget the patient when they are learning. When caring for patients, he reminded the students to remember to “see and be seen,” “listen,” and “touch.”
As Randolph Canterbury, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education, read out the 156 student names, college deans Meg Keeley, MD, (Dunglison); John Densmore, MD, PhD, (Hunter); Christine Peterson, MD, (Pinn); Sean Reed, MD, (Reed), and Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program Dean Kedes, MD, PhD, assisted the students into their crisp, white coats.
Welcome to the University of Virginia, Class of 2023!
(Video by Harry Moxley; photos by Coe Sweet.)
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