The hot, hazy days of August are among the most uneventful of the year in some parts of the world. Not so at the School of Medicine, where August is a time of high excitement and new beginnings, as a new crop of medical students begins one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their young lives.
The 2014 White Coat Ceremony took place Sunday, August 17 at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on the UAB campus. The annual ceremony marks the students’ transition from preclinical to clinical medicine. This was my first White Coat Ceremony as Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine, and I was honored to welcome the students to our program.
| CLASS OF 2018 PROFILE
|Total Number of Applications||3,107
|Undergraduate Colleges Represented||47|
|Degrees of Study||37|
Alabama Residents: 169
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2|
|Black or African American||10|
|Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin||5|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||1|
| Medical Scientist Training Program
The students also recited the class mission statement that they had composed during their first course, “Patient, Doctor, and Society,” which focuses on the role physicians play in society, with emphasis on professionalism, compassion, responsibility, ethics, and the doctor/patient relationship. The class mission statement reads: "As students of medicine, we dedicate ourselves to a life of selfless service. Upholding a belief in human dignity, we vow to embrace diversity, work collaboratively, learn diligently, and serve compassionately. With humility and devotion, we will never forget our motivation for pursuing a career in medicine." A video of the 2014 White Coat Ceremony is available on our website.
The Class of 2018 is a diverse and exemplary one. The chart included here provides interesting statistics about these young people, but their stories run much deeper than mere numbers can convey. We are privileged to play a role in one of the most important chapters of their lives.
Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S.
James C. Lee Endowed Chair
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
*Editor's note: Because students may enter more than one race/ethnicity on their application, the total in the table by race/ethnicity is greater than the entering class size.