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CAMPUS NEWS: Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony

January 28, 2015

RUSM White Coat Ceremony New students from the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Class of 2019 officially became physicians-in-training Jan. 16, 2015, at an exciting White Coat Ceremony held on RUSM's Dominica campus. This rite of passage is held for every incoming class at RUSM, and it's an important first step on a medical school student's path to earning a medical degree. 

"All of you have the aptitude to make it in medicine," said Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, RUSM Dean and Chancellor, as he addressed the incoming class. "We want all of you to make it. Medicine is going to be very different than it used to be, but there is tremendous joy left in medicine."

In addition to students and faculty, the event drew prominent government representatives from Dominica—including the country's president, Charles Savarin, and his wife.

A snapshot of the incoming class was presented in remarks by Dr. Paula Wales, RUSM’s Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. It is a multi-cultural group, its members hailing from many countries, with the majority from the US and Canada. There were cheers when she noted that the largest number had earned their undergraduate degrees at the University of California at Irvine, and more cheering for their alma maters by those who graduated from the two schools tied for second place, Florida International University and Rutgers University. A large number came from various health professions, as pharmacists, dental assistants, and more.

The event’s keynote speaker, RUSM alumna Vedvati Patel, MD (RUSM ‘06), is in private practice in Chicago and teaches internal medicine at St. Anthony Hospital, where RUSM students, among others, are completing their rotations. A native of Indiana, Dr. Patel earned her undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Indianapolis. Dr. Patel completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut and pursued a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Massachusetts.

An introduction to the medical profession was presented by RUSM’s Dr. Nancy Selfridge, Chair of the Department of Clinical Medicine. “Today is the last day you’ll wear your white coat for celebration,” she told the physicians in training. “After today, white coats are work clothes.”

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