M.D. Candidate White Coat Ceremony

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Balance – Toni Aluko MSII

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau occupied two different spaces, walked in two different worlds, breathed in two different centuries, and followed two different paths. But one thing they both sought, and one thing I live deliberately for is balance, which I believe to be an essential fact of life.

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Letter From the Future

Dear Class of 2017,

I recall vividly the intensity of the days leading up to my white coat ceremony in the Summer of 2002.  I was just completing the post baccalaureate program at Meharry Medical College and was excited and nervous about the future.  For many of us, the joy in these moments may be overshadowed by the anxiety of our first medical school biochemistry class.  Perhaps the cries of congratulatory well-wishes and “good-lucks” that your family and friends bestow upon you are muffled by the recurring thoughts of financial dilemma.  Adding to some of the confusion is that now we are hearing more and more about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for the future of healthcare and physicians.  Continue reading Letter From the Future

Class of 2017, DDS

Rows of nervous, fidgeting young students, bright-eyed and beaming with smiles, stood with their white coats draped over their arms lined up and ready to take a momentous step toward the execution of their dreams. This August 16th marked the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 for students at Meharry Medical College. Cameras flashed as each student was called to the front of the Kresge Auditorium, where they slipped into their seal-embroidered, name-emblazoned white coats. I can only speak from my own experience, but family members at the School of Dentistry ceremony seemed more restless and eager than their own children.

Adorned with that white symbol of the journey toward a dentistry degree, students were saluted by President Dr. A. Cherrie Epps and Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon, the interim dean of the School of Dentistry. Family members cheered, offered advice, and shared encouragement in spades. The speakers urged inductees to remember that with the white coat comes great responsibility and privilege. A recitation of the Student’s Oath was lead powerfully by the 2014 Class President, Christina Quarterman. The ceremony culminated in a picture of the freshly robed class smiling bright enough

to reflect the future.

Carmen Blunt, DSI

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