One hundred and fifty-two first-year medical students at the Creighton University School of Medicine will take their first official steps toward becoming physicians on Friday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. when they participate in the school’s 17th annual White Coat Ceremony. During the event, each new medical student will cross a stage in the Joslyn Art Museum Witherspoon Concert Hall and a faculty member will assist the student in putting on a white coat – long a symbol of medical clinicians and researchers. Rowen Zetterman, M.D., Creighton medical dean, will lead the class in reciting a special student physician’s oath.
During the oath, students promise to give their lives and talents to the service of humanity and to treat patients, teachers and fellow students with respect and dignity.
More than 6,200 students applied, more than ever in the last decade, to become members of this year’s class. Some highlights of the class profile include:
- Students come from 29 states and one foreign country.
- The median cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) is 3.76.
- There are more females than males—78 to 74.
- 20 are first-generation college students.
- 25 are legacies—parents , grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles who have attended Creighton –with five students having parent(s) who earned medical degrees from the University.