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First-year UK Medical Students
Receive White Coats

By Tammy J. Gay

College of Medicine Class of 2006 student Kojo Abbeyquaye is congratulated by Teresa Gevedon, M.D., president of the UK College of Medicine Alumni Association, during the College of Medicine white coat ceremony held at Memorial Hall.

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The first-year students took a "Pledge of Professionalism for Students of Medicine," promising a relationship of compassion and respect with patients, teachers and colleagues.

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Aug. 12, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The 96 members of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Class of 2006 marked the beginning of their medical education Aug. 9 at UK's Memorial Hall.

During the ceremony, UK medical students received their short white coats that they will wear while seeing patients. The first-year students took a "Pledge of Professionalism for Students of Medicine," promising a relationship of compassion and respect with patients, teachers and colleagues.

UK's Medical Alumni Association co-sponsored the annual ceremony, which is designed to encourage humanism in medicine. The speaker at the event was Grady Stumbo, M.D., a 1971 graduate of the UK College of Medicine and father of a fourth-year student. He practices at East Kentucky Health Services in Hindman.

The class consists of 41 women and 55 men; two African Americans; and 47 from rural areas (including 21 from rural Appalachia). Eighty-nine are Kentucky residents.


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