FUTure physicians: White Coat Ceremony begins students’ medical education

A group of students recite the Hippocratic Oath during a White Coat Ceremony.






WHAT:           School of Medicine Convocation and White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2020

WHEN:           10 a.m. Saturday, July 23

WHERE:         Holly Auditorium, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229

WHO:              More than 200 students entering the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center will be presented white coats, which symbolize their journey to becoming physicians. At the end of the ceremony, the students will in unison recite The Physician’s Oath of Hippocrates.

Photo opportunities:

10 a.m. – Procession of faculty and students into the auditorium.

10:45 a.m. (approximate) – Donning of white coats

11:15 a.m. (approximate) – Recitation of physician’s oath with hands raised

11:30 a.m. (approximate) – Joyful students with family, friends

Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs of the Health Science Center, and Florence Eddins-Folensbee, M.D., vice dean for undergraduate medical education, are among those bringing greetings.

Story ideas:

—Interview Dr. González about the evolution of medical education and what today’s students can expect.

—Interview an incoming student who is part of the Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME) Program. FAME enables students to gain both a bachelor’s degree and the Doctor of Medicine degree in seven years instead of the typical eight years. FAME students enter the School of Medicine after three years at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

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