On October 2, 2013, Einstein's Alumni Association hosted its eighth annual Scrubs Day Ceremony, along with Dr. Todd Olson and Dr. Sherry Downie, who lead the gross anatomy course for first-year medical students. In addition to introducing students to their anatomy class lab partners, the ceremony serves to connect them with the alumni who came before them — many of whom donate the scrubs students wear during their course.
Dr. Jack Stern, class of 1974, issued the event's opening remarks, noting that when he was a student, there was no ceremony held to mark this significant milestone in students' medical careers, and that he was happy to be a part of it every year. The students then heard from Dr. Harris Goldstein, class of 1980, who is associate dean for scientific resources at Einstein, as well as professor of pediatrics and of microbiology & immunology, and the Charles Michael Chair in Autoimmune Diseases. It was Dr. Goldstein who suggested that students be presented with what he calls "combat clothes for a physician"; the annual Scrubs Ceremony evolved from that idea.
Dr. Goldstein stressed that the clothes and the person wearing them complete each other and that respect for the physician's white coat — which first-year students received during an earlier "On Becoming a Physician" ceremony — is earned through first wearing scrubs.
Next, Dr. Raja Flores, class of 1992, reminded the students that it is a privilege to work with cadavers. "Treat your cadaver with respect and imagine the person inside," he said. He also cautioned students to rid themselves of arrogance, explaining, "Arrogance prevents the ability to learn from one's mistakes, diminishes teamwork and is a patient's worst enemy."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Olson announced the various teams of anatomy lab partners, peer advisors and clinical advisors for the course. Students were then presented with their scrubs, along with the name of their cadaver donor — a further reminder of the need for humility as they proceed with their development as future physicians.
Making Flavorful Cacio e Pepe and a Case for Evolutionary Modeling
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Einstein Reports on Competency Based Admissions
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
IDDRC Rapin Conference
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Dr. Brian Currie Announces Retirement
Friday, January 22, 2016
Einstein Is Apt Venue for Off-Broadway Show
Friday, January 15, 2016
Einstein's Freezer Program Offers Researchers Quick and Easy Access to Lab Reagents
Monday, January 04, 2016
Fourth Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium
Monday, December 28, 2015
CHAM.org: Redesigned Website Offers Vital Information
Monday, December 28, 2015
UJA-Federation Honors Drs. Judy and Michael Aschner
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Two Einstein Faculty Members Named 2015 AAAS Fellows
Wednesday, December 23, 2015