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New Creighton Medical Students Don White Coats During 14th Annual Ceremony

New Creighton Medical Students Don White Coats During 14th Annual Ceremony

First-year medical students at the Creighton University School of Medicine will take their first official step toward becoming physicians on Friday, Aug. 14, when they participate in the school’s 14th annual White Coat Ceremony.

During the event, 127 first-year medical students will cross a stage in the Harper Center for Student Life & Learning ballroom as a faculty member helps them put on white coats – long a symbol of medical clinicians and researchers.

Seven of the students, including two from Omaha and one from Lincoln, have parents who earned Creighton medical degrees. Some of those parents and other relatives will be in the audience to watch the next generation begin its four-year journey. Medical faculty will also be on the stage to welcome their future colleagues.

Dr. Rowen Zetterman, M.D., Creighton medical dean, will lead the first-year class as it reads a special student physician’s oath. During the oath, the students will promise to give their lives and talents to the service of humanity and to treat patients, teachers and fellow students with respect and dignity.

A total of 5,455 students applied to become members of the Creighton University School of Medicine’s Class of 2013.