Students

A call to professionalism

As 100 new medical students begin their education, a physician defines the principles of their calling.

At the beginning of the White Coat Ceremony in August, Dean Robert J. Alpern, M.D., assured the 100 members of the Class of 2009 that they were where they belong. “The admissions committee did not make any careless errors in admitting you to our medical school,” he told the crowd in Harkness Auditorium. “If we do our jobs, and you do yours, years from now students will walk these halls wondering if they belong in the same institution as the Class of 2009.”Before they received their white coats, keynote speaker David L. Coleman, M.D., HS ’80, professor and interim chair of medicine, noted that the ceremony started in this country in 1993 as an effort to “acknowledge the professional ideals that are the essence...

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