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White Coat Ceremony

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The UK College of Medicine Class of 2007 takes the " Pledge of Professionalism for Students of Medicine " during the white coat ceremony.

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The class consists of 41 women and 58 men, including seven African Americans and 13 Asian students. Eighty-eight are Kentucky residents.

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August 11, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The 99 members of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Class of 2007 marked the beginning of their medical education Aug. 8 at UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts.

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 Jamshed F. Kanga, M.D., chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology. He is a cystic fibrosis specialist and the father of a student in the College of Medicine Class of 2007.

Faculty, staff, and medical students welcomed the new class during a reception immediately following the ceremony.

The class consists of 41 women and 58 men, including seven African Americans and 13 Asian students. Eighty-eight are Kentucky residents.


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