What is perhaps the most international class of medical students in Yale’s history arrived in New Haven in late August, hailing from the United States and as far away as Ecuador, Russia, Hong Kong and Ethiopia. And while the global character of the Class of 2003 is more the result of happenstance than any international recruiting effort, according to administrators, it is nonetheless a defining feature of the incoming crop of medical students.
At the White Coat Ceremony, for example, there were one or two fewer parents in the audience to watch their children enter medicine. Mari Rebane’s parents in Estonia wanted to attend, but the distance and scheduling proved an obstacle, she said. Rebane, who graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, sent them a videotape of the ceremony instead.