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New medical students receive
first doctor’s white coats

Tulane University School of Medicine's Class of 2017 received their first doctor's white coats at McAlister Auditorium on Sunday, August 4. "White Coat Day is when we welcome our new medical students to the medical profession," said Dr. Marc Kahn, senior associate dean of admissions and student affairs.

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Alina Ayzenberg receives her white coat from Dr. Earnest J. Sneed Jr., with Tulane Medical School Dean Dr. Lee Hamm looking on.

All 197 new students, plus 15 HEAL-X students admitted in January 2013, crossed the stage to receive their coats. Each received a stethoscope from the Tulane Medical Alumni Association, a pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and a Tulane University coat badge. 

"This is one of the best occasions of the School of Medicine every year," said Dr. Lee Hamm, senior vice president and dean, addressing the new students who filled the auditorium together with families and friends. "You are entering a profession with a long history. Becoming a doctor is not just a privilege, it is not just an honor, it's a great responsibility."

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Trevor Cabera (left) and Cameron Callaghan try out their new stethoscopes, gifts from the Tulane Medical Alumni Association.

The students come from 89 schools and colleges, with 24 continuing from Tulane and four from Louisiana State University. Eight students each are from University of California-Berkeley, Cornell and Notre Dame; five each attended University of California-San Diego, the University of Virginia and Washington University; and four each hail from Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt. A total of 36 states and one other country – Canada – are represented. The students have initial plans to pursue a variety of specialties including pediatrics, family medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, emergency medicine and neurology.

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