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Ceremony marks students' journey to becoming doctors

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The Medical School's Class of 2010 signed an ethical pledge, took The Oath of Hippocrates, and donned their white coats for the very first time at the annual White Coat Ceremony Aug. 9 at the Edwin Hornberger Conference Center.

Wearing the white coat marks the students' first step to becoming physicians dedicated to excellence in patient care.

Approximately 220 new medical students participated in the ceremony, which included a keynote address by Dr. W. Keith Hoots, professor of pediatrics and division director of pediatric hematology.

"The White Coat Ceremony is the initial step across the threshold of a career as a physician," Hoots said. "It symbolizes each student's commitment to acquire the knowledge and medical skills to treat disease and marry these to their own compassionate dedication to individuals who need their care."

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