Published August 21, 2013
A new class of 144 University at Buffalo medical students celebrated its entry into medical school with a traditional White Coat Ceremony Aug. 16 at the UB Center for the Arts.
During the ceremony, each student was presented with a white coat, symbolizing scientific excellence and compassionate care.
“You will learn to be a detective, educator, healer, counselor, advocate and compassionate human being,” he told the students.
“We have great expectations regarding your future accomplishments, leadership and excellence in medicine, science and education,” he said, lauding the class as a whole as an exceptional group of individuals.
“Focus on the patient in front of you and never forget to listen,” he said, echoing the words of one of his medical school mentors.
Led by Cain, the class recited the Oath of Medicine, vowing in part to “practice medicine with conscience and dignity.”
UB’s newest medical students bring diverse talent and experience to their new roles, as David Milling, MD ’93, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs, illustrated with the following overview of the Class of 2017.
12 states, including New York; Ontario, Canada
Most members of the Class of 2017 (68 percent) majored in science, including biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
Others majored in an array of disciplines, including exercise science, psychology, chemical engineering, languages (Spanish, Chinese, French), film and television, philosophy, history and art history.
Incoming UB medical students received numerous accolades for academic excellence, service and other accomplishments.
One was awarded a 2012 Merck Award for Scholastic Achievement.
Other students were honored with:
Members of the Class of 2017 conducted research on various medical conditions, including Alzehimer’s disease, obesity, HIV and leukemia, as well as antidepressant drugs.
Two students co-authored research articles in scientific journals, one in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and one in The American Journal of Human Genetics.
Members of the Class of 2017 have traveled to several nations, including Ecuador, Kenya, India and the Philippines, to assist physicians caring for underserved patients.
They have held positions related to medicine, including emergency room scribe, nurse, physical therapist technician, pharmacy technician and ophthalmologist assistant.
Several have volunteered at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and a camp for children with muscular dystrophy.
Other altruistic activities of the incoming class have included coordinating an organ and tissue donation program, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, mentoring gifted math students and interpreting for Chinese-speaking speech therapy patients.
Their talents also have been put to use in clothing and website design, financial forecasting and DJ entertainment.
Athletes in the class include:
Students excelled in other sports, such as golf, alpine skiing, volleyball and wrestling.
Members of the incoming class with artistic backgrounds include:
The 64-year-old orthopaedic surgeon is currently in Afghanistan, serving as a commander in the U.S. Army medical corps. He was inspired to serve after his son was injured during a tour of duty in Iraq.
Sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, this annual award recognizes a faculty member/physician who demonstrates outstanding compassion, clinical excellence and respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues.
Medical students nominate outstanding role models for the award.