Rite of Passage
Students in the class of 2017 don the white coat for the first time
This year’s White Coat ceremony, a symbolic rite demonstrating medicine’s warm welcome of its newest members-in-training, was held on September 7 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston. Members of the class of 2017 were the eager participants who, one by one, donned their white coats for the first time, following opening remarks from Dean Harris Berman and Laurence Bailen, ’93, president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association.
Keynote speaker Randal Christensen, ’95, division chief of general pediatric and adolescent medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona and medical director of a van that delivers health care to thousands of children and adolescents adrift on the streets of Phoenix, described a few of the challenges of his work. Christensen is the author of Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them.
The medical school has held the White Coat ceremony each year since 1997.