Published September 4, 2012
A new class of University at Buffalo medical students took their first, public step toward becoming physicians during this year’s White Coat Ceremony.
“You have worked hard to earn a white coat,” said Dean Michael E. Cain, MD, during the Aug. 17 ceremony at Slee Hall. “Now you must work even harder to earn the right to keep it.”
Charles Severin, MD ’97, PhD, associate dean for medical education and admissions, provided an overview of the Class of 2016, as follows:
144 (including 4 MD/PhD students)
In addition to majoring in science, members of the Class of 2016 studied international relations, applied mathematics, religion, economics, English, Russian, philosophy, history, film and television, media arts and literature.
A number of students had double majors, including:
New UB medical students received numerous awards for academic and athletic achievement.
Among other accolades, students were honored with:
The Class of 2016 conducted research on a variety of medical conditions including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Marfan syndrome, immunomodulatory diseases and cancer.
Several students received fellowships from the NIH and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
A number of students have published scientific papers; a few have earned patents related to their research.
One student served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Deployed to Iraq in 2006, he provided security for ground troops during combat operations.
Class members’ altruistic activities included:
One student created gift bags for nearly 100 patients in a hospital pediatric ward.
Athletes in the class include:
Students in the class have also excelled in such sports as racquetball, soccer, tennis, crew, rugby, weight lifting, body building, volleyball, Tae Kwon Do and scuba diving.
The incoming class includes salsa dancers, break dancers and a choreographer of a Latin American dance team.
Musicians include violinists, pianists, guitar players and a gospel singer.
One student received first-place honors in the Olympics of the Visual Arts.
Among the positions students have held are those of:
During the ceremony, Peter D. Ewing, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
Sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the annual award goes to a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, clinical excellence and respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues.