AMS President Chad Rodgers, MD, FAAP, spoke to the incoming freshman at the UAMS College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony held on August 7, 2020. This year’s ceremony was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the students took turns taking the spotlight from home while the event was streamed online.
Traditionally, the event welcomes the new class of medical students by ceremoniously allowing them to put on their white coats for the first time, one-by-one, assisted by family and mentors on stage before a crowd of 1,500 or more onlookers.
Dr. Rodgers told the new class of medical students that they are entering medical school at a very historical time of tremendous challenge and change. “Over the next four years, you will fine tune your medical knowledge and skills,” said Dr. Rodgers. “Being a physician is a wonderful profession, but it’s not just work. Patients will put their lives and minds in your hands and it’s our duty to do what is best. Wear your white coat proudly, but keep your humility.”
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