The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the setting for the formal ‘coating’ of students from the Medical College of Wisconsin formally known as the White Coat Ceremony. This rite of passage signals the beginning of their paths toward earning a long white coat worn by physicians. During this ritual, students receive assistance putting on a short white coat indicating their transition from preclinical studies to clinical health sciences. Other students who participate in this ceremony represent dental, optometry, audiology, chiropractic, pharmacy, physician assistants, etc. careers.
“I will be in medical school for five years, starting in August, explained Dr. Jones. My expected graduation date is May 2024. As a nontraditional student with a family and small children, I’m enrolled in a decelerated curriculum so I will have the flexibility to balance family with school. In ten years, I hope to be in academic medicine. Academic medicine convenes scientists, clinicians, students, and community members to solve challenges in healthcare and society.”
“My passion is to increase the number of people of color in medical professions. Anything is possible. I encourage young people to give themselves a chance and hold tight the hope of fulfilling their dreams,” she said.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the fourth largest private medical school in America, and the largest private research institution in Wisconsin with campuses in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Wausau.