Members of Upstate’s College of Medicine Class of 2018 formally began their medical school careers Thursday with the traditional White Coat Ceremony in Syracuse’s OnCenter.
The 150-plus students and their families heard encouraging words, jokes and congratulatory remarks from several Upstate physicians, including Lawrence Chin, MD, professor and chair of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Chin outlined the college’s new “learning communities,” which are named for the region’s Finger Lakes. The communities are designed to foster frequent, positive interactions among students and faculty, so that students gain “a greater understanding of what it’s like being a doctor,” Chin said.
The communities — inspired by Dean of Student Affairs Julie White, PhD, and College of Medicine Dean David Duggan, MD — will provide students with advice and support, and cover concepts such as wellness, ethics, community service and other intangibles gleaned from “hearing the stories” of physicians and older students, Dr. Chin said. “It’s a great way to model how to take care of patients.”
Most important, he said, is that the learning communities — Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka, Seneca and Skaneateles — are not separate entities but rather five fingers of a hand. “The community is really Upstate,” Dr. Chin said. “There are differences, but in the end we come together.”
Details on orientation for the College of Graduate Studies and upcoming White Coat ceremonies for Upstate’s College of Nursing and the College of Health Professions are available here.
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