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Indiana University students mark the beginning of medical school


The White Coat Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis.

Members of the Class of 2016 will be presented with their first white physician’s coats by one of the IU School of Medicine faculty. The students will hear keynote speaker Stephen P. Bogdewic, Ph.D., discuss “Our Stories, Our Lives.” Dr. Bogdewic is the executive associate dean for the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the George W. Copeland Professor of Family Medicine and associate chair of family medicine.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the students will recite in unison a physician’s pledge whose origins are attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates.

“The White Coat Ceremony represents the start of a journey into medical school and the profession in general; graduation four years later represents successful completion of the medical school portion of that journey,” said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine. “The highlight of both is reciting the Oath of Hippocrates where our students pledge to put their patients’ needs above all else. We are always excited to welcome a new group of talented young people who are willing to make this pledge and wear its symbol, the white coat. It bolsters our confidence that the future of medicine is in good hands.”

The IU School of Medicine teaches students on regional campuses in Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, South Bend and Terre Haute.