On Thursday, Aug. 10, the School of Medicine welcomed the 162 students of the Class of 2021 to the University of Virginia at the 2017 White Coat Ceremony and Convocation, endowed by the Class of 1965, held at The Paramount Theater. 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 Elizabeth Hoang, SMD18, President, School of Medicine Mulholland Society, discussed how the white coats would help them — physically and emotionally — over the next four years. Thomas Newbill, MD, President, UVA MAA Board of Directors, explained the benefits of the association, scholarship funding, and events the association holds for students, from the white coat ceremony to matching students with host families while on residency interviews. School of Medicine Dean David Wilkes, MD, James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science, stressed that while students learn about medicine, they should never forget compassion.
As Randolph Canterbury, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education, read out the 162 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 UVA, SMD21!