Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso’s Veronique Masterson brings you this edition of Tech Talk.
Today, Veronique revisits the always-emotional white coat ceremony for Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students, again held this year at the historic Plaza Theatre.
Students in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM)’s class of 2021 received their first white coats during a special ceremony last Saturday. The momentous event marked the beginning of the journey toward becoming a physician for each of the 103 new first-year medical students.
The White Coat Ceremony is a traditional rite of passage for fledgling medical students and signifies their acceptance into the medical field. In addition to donning a white coat for the first time, the students recited an oath acknowledging their roles as future health care providers.
The ceremony celebrated not only the hard work and discipline it took to be admitted to medical school, but also underscored the importance of humanism in medicine.
During the 2016-17 admissions season, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso)’s PLFSOM received nearly 4,000 applications. Of those, 535 candidates were interviewed for spots among its ninth entering class.
Twenty-five of the students who entered the class are originally from El Paso and most are Texas residents. The class of 2021 began its medical studies the first week of July.