The Class of 2016 gathered in Robbins Auditorium on Monday, August 20, to mark the beginning of their journey toward becoming physicians. As part of the College of Medicine's annual On Becoming a Physician ceremony, they pledged to never lose sight of patients' needs.
Each year, this special evening denotes the first milestone in medical students' academic careers. At the same time, it highlights an unwavering loyalty to patients that is instilled in them throughout their time at Einstein. While the white coats they are "cloaked in" by alumni represent their newfound identities as physicians-in-training, they also walk away from the ceremony with a healthy respect for the caregiver role they are adopting.
As Stephen G. Baum, M.D., senior associate dean of students, stated, "Over the next four years, each member of the class will need to acquire an enormous knowledge base, develop expertise in clinical and ethical reasoning, and become proficient at a variety of technical skills." Once mastered, the knowledge and skills will aid them in providing care that is both compassionate and highly competent.
To receive their white coats, the students were called to the stage where alumni members congratulated them and helped them don the jacket-length garment for the first time. Each class member quickly discovered they were gaining more than mere apparel: An attached note provided the name of an alumni member whose generous contribution had provided the coat.
Dr. Sten Vermund, MSTP '77 and member of the Einstein Alumni Association's board of governors, who is the Amos Christie Chair and professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, offered the evening's keynote address. After welcoming the students into the Einstein family, he introduced them to the world of global health, sharing his experiences and perspective as director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health -- and as an alumnus who has benefitted from Einstein's long-standing leadership role in the global health arena.
At the conclusion of the event, the Class of 2016 recited both the Hippocratic oath and an oath of their own creation, reinforcing their respect for the doctor-patient relationship by pledging "never to lose sight of the human-being standing before us" and "that we are responsible for our actions and strive to earn the trust of all those in our care."
Giving Thanks for Service and Support
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Pipeline Program Offers Opportunities for Academic Excellence
Monday, August 04, 2014
Summer Research Programs Expand Student Horizons
Friday, July 25, 2014
Supporting Research on the Biology of Aging
Friday, July 18, 2014
New Einstein Club Uses Food for Thought to Address Malnutrition and Poverty
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Distinguished Ph.D. Alumnus Shares Insights from His Research
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
The Einstein Emerging Leaders Host Third Annual Gala
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Ceremony Marks Transition from Classroom to Clinical Wards
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Inaugural EiSci Conference Encourages Bronx Teens to Aim High
Thursday, June 26, 2014
From the United States to Uganda, Grand Rounds Goes Global
Friday, June 20, 2014