Ceremony Welcomes New Medical Students to New Orleans

August 4, 2006

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5210

Incoming first-year medical students at the Tulane University School of Medicine will don their doctor's white coats for the first time at the Annual White Coat Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 7 at the Grand Ballroom in the Hilton Riverside Hotel - New Orleans, 2 Poydras St. Tulane expects 165 new medical students to receive their white coats, a number slightly higher than the usual 155.

According to Marc Kahn, professor of medicine and associate dean for admissions and student affairs, the students were selected out of 7000 applicants. In addition to maintaining academic standards for entry, Kahn and his colleagues were most interested in students who demonstrated social consciousness and a commitment to make a difference in their community.

L. Lee Hamm, professor and chair of the department of medicine, will be the keynote speaker for the incoming students. As the new Tulane medical students don their doctor's white coats, the students' families will celebrate this milestone with them.

Each student also will receive a blue-and-green patch with the logo of the medical school and a pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine. Classes for the medical class of 2010 begin the next day.

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