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White Coat Ceremony 2013
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai officially welcomed 140 first-year students into the medical community during its annual White Coat ceremony. The ceremony, in which students are “coated” by distinguished members of The School's faculty and recite a physician's oath, is a rite of passage for students that marks their entry into professional training.
The oath taken by the students, which they helped write, reflects the core mission of the Icahn School of Medicine. Among the values noted in the oath, the students pledged to uphold the values of integrity and compassion in all aspects of their medical careers, to never be complacent, to have the humility to question themselves, to challenge the medical system, and to understand their patients as people.
The class of 2017 is comprised of an exceptionally talented group of students. Icahn School of Medicine received over 5,400 applications, and invited over 700 to interview. During the White Coat ceremony The School's leadership congratulated the new students on their accomplishments thus far and encouraged them to rise to the challenges that lay ahead, both in medical school and in the evolving fields of science and medicine.
The students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Forty-nine percent of the incoming students are women; their ages range from 19 to 34 and they come from 70 different undergraduate institutions. The schools most heavily represented include the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and the University of California.
The ceremony's keynote speaker was Angela Diaz, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Remarks were made by Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Health System; Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Health System, Peter W. May, Chair, The Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees; and David Muller, MD, Dean of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.