It was an exciting day today at the Civic Center for many families celebrating a son or a daughter going into the field of medicine. Dozens of our future doctors lined up to participate in the traditional white coat ceremony, the first rite of passage from general studies to medical school.
Dr. Steven Berk, dean of the School of Medicine at Texas Tech, says more than 100 medical schools in the country use this ceremony to emphasize the years of dedication and hard work ahead of them.
"Today they put their white coat on as a symbol of taking responsibility for being a future physician and all the responsibilities that that entails."
This year, the new class of medical students at Texas Tech will include 151 students, with just 31 coming from an undergraduate degree at Tech.
All the rest of these future doctors will be coming here from universities far and wide, including Duke, Brown, Cornell and UCLA.
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