White Coats Bestowed on Future Physicians

January 17, 2014


On Friday, January 10th, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) hosted a White Coat ceremony to recognize the new class of physicians-in-training and commemorate their journey to become physicians. The event was held in the newly opened academic building on the St. Maarten campus.

Visiting family and friends of the incoming class filled the auditorium of the new building, which also features spaces for anatomy, clinical skills training, and simulation enhancements. The new facilities add a high-tech learning environment, enhancing AUC’s student-centered approach to medical education.

“We believe in your potential and ability to succeed. We stand ready to support you in ways that will allow you to develop into physicians that we will all be proud of,” said Ronald Testa, PhD, dean of medical sciences, as he addressed the newest members of AUC’s community. 

Vivian Braciale, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at AUC, gave the keynote address. Dr. Braciale is a noted researcher who has served on several committees of the American Association of Immunologists, including the committees on Education and the Status of Women Scientists.

Following the White Coat ceremony, inductees into the Alpha Omega Phi Honor & Service Society were honored. 

View more photos from the White Coat ceremony on AUC's Facebook page