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|LEXINGTON, KY (Aug.
4, 2000) – The 95 members of the University of Kentucky College
of Medicine’s Class of 2004 marked the beginning of their
medical education Aug. 4 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 an "Affirmation for Students of
Medicine," pledging 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 Kimberly Williams, M.D., vice president
for medical affairs and physician services at St. Claire Medical
Center in Morehead, Ky.
The class consists of 46 women and 49 men, making the
percentage of women (48 percent) the highest ever in the college;
six African Americans; and 45 from rural areas (including 26 from
rural Appalachia). Eighty-five are Kentucky residents. The
students’ ages range from 21 to 36.