July 26, 2017

First year medical students welcomed at orientation

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Orientation 2017 UAB School of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2021 at orientation on Monday, July 24. 

During this week, medical students are sorted into their Learning Communities, spend time getting to know their fellow classmates and hear from faculty members in Medical Students Services and the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. Students also spend Thursday on their assigned regional campuses, completing community service projects in Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.

“I decided I wanted to go to medical school when I was a sophomore in high school,” said Ben McCafferty from Madison, Alabama. “That year I took human anatomy was the first time I ever got to see how the body works, and the idea of getting to become a mechanic for the body was something that really appealed to me.” 

Monday students were welcomed with a video from Dean Vickers before getting a view of what the next four years of medical school will look like and breaking into their Learning Communities. Tuesday and Wednesday were spent attending a variety of different seminars and the student organization fair. Thursday the students traveled to their regional campuses to see where they will be spending their third year. 

“I am very excited to be starting medical school at UAB,” said Anna Boling from Huntsville, Alabama. “I believe they have a passion for helping the people of Alabama, and being from Alabama I feel like this is the place where I was called to practice.” 

Orientation will conclude on Friday, July 28 with a seminar about what is expected of them as they begin their medical school careers. The students will complete their first medical school class next week, “Patient, Doctor, Society.” PDS is a two-week course that provides a general overview of the human aspect of medicine, medical ethics and how doctors can serve as advocates for their patients.

The students will receive their white coats after they complete this course. The White Coat Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 13 from 2-2:30 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center.