Sunday, August 29, 2010

White Coat Ceremony

Tonight marked the end of orientation... My classes white coat ceremony was held tonight in Grand Rapids. School begins bright and early tomorrow.

The white coat ceremony is a ceremony to mark the beginning of the pre-clinical years (i.e. the first 2 years of medical school, before a medical student starts to regularly see patients) and to remind students of their obligation to care for patients (and not just to treat them). The dean and others in the college spoke, our class walked across the stage and were coated individually by members of the faculty and alumni of the college, we recited the matriculating student oath, sat through a few parting words... and then off to be hugged and congratulated by our family and friends.

This is a picture of Pete and myself immediately following the ceremony. As you can see, this is a happy occasion. I was honored to have not only my husband, but my parents, in laws, both sets of Pete's grandparents, and Kate and Kent at the ceremony. All in all, about 1800 people were present to support the 200 people starting medical school this fall.

Well, now off to sleep... school starts bright and early tomorrow morning.

Eta... It was fun to see my folks this weekend. We spent yesterday and this morning with them. A quick weekend. Spent playing rook, chatting, and making sure I had the necessary things for my ceremony today. The weekend went by so quick!


Laura said...

Heidi, we are so happy for you and were honored to be able to send this special day with you - you go girl

Karen AMH said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome Heidi!! Such an exciting time for you! Good luck with all of the hard work ahead.

Cami said...

Heidi, that is awesome! It really is such a special time for you and Pete both and that both of your families were able to be part of it is such a blessing. Best of luck this first week with classes!

Julie said...

Fun! Congratulations again and good luck to you. :)

ethiopifinn said...

Happy congratulations, miss Heidi! I think that this is just so exciting. Way to go, Girl! I love that so much family was there to support you, and know that I'm rootin' for you too. ;)

Anonymous said...

Congratulats Heidi! Seen your interview Grandpa forwarded it to me.