ROCKFORD (WREX) — Fifty-five medical students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford took their next step on the journey to be coming doctors.
“From day one, you want a demarcation,” says Alex Stagnaro-Green, Regional Dean of the College of Medicine. “You want the students to realize they are no longer a lay-professional, but they are now part of the medical profession.”
Surrounded by family and friends, students participated in a white coat ceremony Friday morning. School officials say the coat symbolizes the student’s entrance into medical school and their dedication to medicine.
The college’s dean says the white coat carries a lot of responsibility.
“It’s a symbol and it’s a symbol of people who have dedicated themselves to the health and the care of others,” says Stagnaro-Green. “So, when you go walk into the room and you have a white coat there are expectations that that patient has of you.”
In addition to the white coat ceremony, four students were inducted into The Gold Humanism Honor Society.