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First-Year UK Medical Students Receive White Coats

By Vikki Franklin


See related story in the Lexington Herald-Leader about a single mother who overcame welfare, obstacles to attend medical school at UK.


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.

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