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Donning Their White Coats, Medical Students Dedicate Themselves to Caring for Others

September 23, 2021
First Year PURCH Student Kareem Nunnally-Rivera Donning his Whitecoat

The Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health track’s Classes of 2024 and 2025 were presented with white coats—a symbol of their initiation into the medical profession—on Friday, September 17, 2021 during two separate T.H. Chan School of Medicine ceremonies in Worcester.
(Photo: First-year medical student Kareem Nunnally-Rivera of Springfield receiving his white coat.)

Together, the two PURCH classes comprise 52 students, 34 from Massachusetts—including 11 from western Mass.

The white coat ceremony, traditionally celebrated by first-year medical students, also included second-year students whose ceremony last year was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Symbol of the White Coat

After donning their new white coats—the first with the new medical school name—the future physicians recited the Oath of Maimonides, pledging to uphold the ethics and responsibilities of their new profession.

Read more about the ceremonies

UMassMed News: T.H. Chan School of Medicine celebrates White Coat Ceremonies for Classes of 2024, 2025