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FAU’s Medical Students Received their First Doctor’s White Coats at Time Honored White Coat Ceremony

The 64 students who make up the incoming class of 2016 of Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine received their first doctor’s white coats at a ceremony recently to symbolically confirm their commitment to the profession of medicine. During the ceremony, faculty from the College cloaked the students with a white coat—the pre-eminent symbol of physicians for more than 100 years. The ceremony, which is a time honored tradition, took place in the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center on the Boca Raton campus. Members of the inaugural class of the medical school were paired with students in the incoming class and will serve as mentors to the newly minted medical students. Each student was pinned with the “Humanism in Medicine” lapel pin by his/her mentor during the ceremony. At the conclusion of the event, the students recited in unison an “oath” they collectively wrote, which will serve as a code of conduct they are committed to following throughout their education and as physicians after medical school. 
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