A new crop of medical students will be getting their coveted white coats on Friday.
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine said it will welcome 173 first-year students during the 18th annual White Coat Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Aronoff Center.
Each member of the Class of 2017 will be presented with a white coat to symbolize their entry into the medical field, officials said. The coats are provided as a gift from the UC Alumni Association.
The university said this year’s class is the largest in recent years and comes from 23 difference states. Forty percent of the students are from outside Ohio.
Officials said the class also has the highest Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) score in recent classes and ties for the most diverse.
In a release, the Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Boat, said, "We are very excited about our incoming class this year. Not only are their scores among the highest we've ever had, but they come from all parts of the country and from many tremendous colleges and universities. Our admissions process has worked very well in identifying bright, compassionate people who are going to become wonderful physicians."
Boat and UC President Santa Ono will giver their own remarks during the ceremony and Dr. Laura Wexler will give a keynote address.
At the end of the event, the class will carry out another annual tradition with a reading of their own unique “oath of professionalism” that was written by students during orientation week.