Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s 13th class celebrated its White Coat Ceremony Friday as members of the Class of 2027 took a huge leap toward becoming doctors.
The ceremony featured remarks from Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.; Jay Fisher, M.D., president, medical staff, Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital, Royal Oak; Abhinav Krishnan, Ph.D., associate dean, medical school admissions and enrollment management; and Berkley Browne, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs.
About 750 people attended the event in person, with another 250 viewing the livestream.
“In the months ahead, your world will be changing quickly and you will amaze yourself at how you put into practice the new techniques that you’ve learned,” said Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Dean, OUWB, in a pre-taped video.
“You will be fully prepared to make a complete patient diagnosis that you will deliver – the OUWB way – with kindness and compassion,” he added.
Fisher talked about how the medical students each have just begun a journey to serve humanity and make a profound impact on the lives of others.
“Your medical school experience is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of growth and development…of continuously striving to be the change that you want to see in the world,” he said. “Never lose sight of the compassionate, devoted healers that you’re destined to become.”
Joey Solomon, M2, and president, OUWB Medical School Government, also spoke and urged the M1s to always remember their why, make time for memories and friendship, and that being a great physician begins with being a good person.
“I challenge each of you to make a habit of embracing your values and having the courage to stand for what is right,” he said.
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