Fall 2012

Stepping Up

At White Coat Ceremony, 200 first-years mark transition from the classroom to patient care

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Photo: Matt Healey

At this year’s White Coat Ceremony on September 15, Beth Lown, ’77, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, implored students to listen carefully to their patients and learn from them. “Medicine is filled with opportunities for joy,” she told the 200 first-years gathered for the occasion.

“In fact,” she said, “I can’t think of too many activities that are more fun than using your head, heart and hands to help someone feel better.”

The medical school has been observing the White Coat Ceremony each year since 1997.

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