On Aug. 14, the newest class of Baylor College of Medicine medical students were ushered into the medical profession with the symbolic White Coat Ceremony.
The 185-member Class of 2019 officially donned for the first time their white coats, which they will wear throughout the duration of medical school. More than 1,100 family, friends and Baylor faculty and students attended.
Baylor President, CEO and Executive Dean Dr. Paul Klotman stressed to the Class that they were no longer students aspiring to get into medical school, but now have the great privilege of entering into the profession of medicine.
“The white coat is the symbol of the medical profession. When a patient sees someone in a white, there is a certain level of expectation they have, that the person in the white coat is understanding and empathetic to their needs, they are in it for their patient and defending everything about the patient personally,” said Klotman. “As you enjoy putting on your white coat, embrace the profession with all of its responsibilities, live up to the expectations of the white coat and in the words of Hippocrates ‘happiness and good repute will be forever yours.’’’
Our expectation at Baylor is that the world will be better off because of you, Klotman said.
Also at the ceremony, Dr. Kent Osborne, director of Baylor’s Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, was presented with the 2015 Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism, an honor bestowed annually to Baylor physicians who best exemplify the trait of professionalism in the practice of medicine.
Osborne spoke to the students about his career as a breast oncologist and science and the role of professionalism.
“Throughout my 43-year career, I have found that altruism has been the most important part of professionalism for me,” said Osborne. “This often takes a back seat. We need to bring this emphasis back.”
Osborne called on the students to use their intelligence and leadership position to help society. He used examples of his work helping improve access to lifesaving treatment and prevention resources for the underserved community. For more on Osborne’s statement regarding professionalism and the award, click here.
At the end of the ceremony, the first-year students were officially presented with their white coats and read the Medical Student Oath.
View more photos from the White Coat Ceremony on Baylor’s Facebook page.