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A ceremonial start for new medical students

August 18, 2023
Large group of University of Rochester medical students wearing their new white coats outside for a group photo.The 18th annual Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony marks the start of the professional journeys of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 105 new first-year medical students. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

First-year medical students at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry were welcomed into the profession today, donning their white coats for the first time as they begin their journey to become doctors.

The 18th annual Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony was held in the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center on Friday, August 18. “Receiving your white coat is truly a moment where one is welcomed into a family of those who have been privileged to heal. … Recognize that you are what the world needs,” fourth-year medical student Malayna Hocker told the audience, which included the new students and University faculty and staff.

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