It’s a symbolic milestone shared by students who pass through The Warren Alpert Medical School. On September 18, the M.D. Class of 2025 carried on this tradition and received their white coats. Joined by those closest to them, they took a meaningful step toward becoming physicians.
In addition to a warm welcome from Jack A. Elias, M.D. (dean of medicine and biological sciences and senior vice president for health affairs), students received inspiration from Julianne Y. Ip ’75 MD’78 RES’81, P’18 (associate dean of medicine for the Program in Liberal Medical Education), during the Charles O. Cooke, M.D., Distinguished Visiting Lectureship. They also heard words of encouragement from fellow student Amador Delamerced ’18 MD’23, who was nominated by his peers to address the incoming class. As students put their hands in their coat pockets for the first time, they found special messages from alumni, family, and friends inside.
For many of them, donning the white coat during a global pandemic takes on new meaning. Ahead of the ceremony, some of Brown’s first-year medical students shared their excitement and aspirations for their future careers in medicine.