The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest students with a White coat Ceremony on Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.
The ceremony marks the beginning of a medical student’s education and career.
After being cloaked in their signature white lab coats, the medical students recite the Hippocratic Oath, which acknowledges their primary role as caregivers, in the presence of their loved ones, school leaders and peers.
“Today you embark on a tremendous journey, and arrive at a destination in four years where you have earned and are granted the greatest privilege of all, that of being a physician,” Dr. John H. Krouse, Executed vice president for Health Affairs said.
This year, students from schools within Harlingen CISD participated in the ceremony, further strengthening ties between the UTRGV school of Medicine and the communities it serves. The School of Medicine is in the process of developing pipeline programs for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare professions.
Classes for the School of Medicine Class of 2022 start July 30.