White Coat Ceremony marks rite of passage

WHAT:  19th Annual School of Medicine Convocation and White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2019

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18

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 op)

Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs of the Health Science Center, and Florence Eddins-Folensbee, M.D., vice dean for undergraduate medical education, will bring greetings, as will James Humphreys, M.D., president of the Bexar County Medical Society, and Chiufang Hwang, M.D., president-elect of the School of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors. The students will hear addresses from Dr. González and Nida (Joy) Emko, M.D., clinical associate professor of family and community medicine, who is the winner of the 2015-2016 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Emko has worked with incarcerated teens at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in San Antonio. Founding faculty of the School of Medicine will be honored prior to the White Coat Ceremony.


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 13 percent of academic institutions receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 31,000 graduates. The $787.7 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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