First-Year Loyola Medical Students Receive White Coats for First Time

News Archive August 18, 2011

First-Year Loyola Medical Students Receive White Coats for First Time

Ceremony Emphasizes Privilege of Caring for Others

WHAT: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine first-year students will receive their first white medical coats in a ceremony that emphasizes the privilege of being able to care for patients and the responsibility that comes with wearing the coat. “The White Coat Ceremony welcomes Stritch medical students into the profession of medicine. This ceremony confirms that Stritch students will uphold the public trust, work toward social justice and accept the responsibilities incumbent on doctors,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, interim dean of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. For more than 100 years, the white coat has symbolized care, compassion and respect. First-year medical students receive their coats from faculty members and other physicians, a symbol of one generation passing along knowledge and patient care to the next.

WHERE: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 2160 S. First Ave. Maywood, IL 60153 WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

WHO: For media inquiries contact, Evie Polsley at epolsley@lumc.edu or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is located in a state-of-the-art educational facility on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The school, which provides instruction to 520 medical students, has been in the vanguard of institutions that have created new, active learning curricula to help students meet the challenges of 21st century health care. An estimated 8,000 to 9,000 students compete each year for 130 openings in the Stritch medical school's first-year class. In addition to the more than 500 students, Loyola's medical educational programs provide instruction and training to an estimated 400 residents and 100 fellows.
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