May 10, 2015
At American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), the White Coat Ceremony is an important rite of passage for incoming classes of aspiring physicians. On May 8th, the newest group of AUC students took part in this ceremony, which was held on campus and organized by the Student Government Organization.
As the future physicians donned their new white coats and crossed the stage in front of family and friends, they were welcomed into the ranks of the school’s “physicians-in-training.” Also in attendance were faculty and staff of the university, including Ronald Testa, PhD, medical sciences dean. Susan De Mesquita, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, gave the Keynote Address.
Kate Essad, MD (Class of 2012), a neurology resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, spoke on behalf of the AUC’s Alumni Association. “The education I received here at AUC prepared me for working in the hospital and to care for my patients. As a resident I am able to draw on the unique international experience I gained at AUC.” she shared. “Our professors come from all over the world and this gives us a global perspective when practicing medicine— a perspective which enables me to relate to my diverse group of patients and indeed most anyone I meet.”
During the ceremony, the Karl Stockhausen Student of the Semester Award was presented to fifth-semester student Wesley Nilsson.
“We are pleased to present Mr. Nilsson with this award and look forward to the roll-out of his two initiatives. One aims to bring a new, affordable and customizable research tool to campus, and another seeks to address some of the visual health needs of the island,” said Golden Jackson, PhD, Assistant Dean, Service Learning and Community Affairs.
Fifth-semester students were also inducted into Alpha Omega Phi Honor Society at the ceremony.