Along with top-notch academic credentials, first-year students bring a wealth of diverse experience.
Collectively, the 100 members of the Class of 2005 have interned in the White House, built an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, taught math to ex-convicts, worked in emergency rooms, helped run a women’s health clinic in Armenia, conducted research on diabetes, studied insects in the marshes of Costa Rica and narrowly escaped the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Their numbers include a VISTA volunteer, a biologist, a lifeguard, an emergency medical technician and a student who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish.
This diverse and eclectic group of 46 men and 54 women came together on August 28 for their induction into the world of medicine—the donning of the white jacket that identifies them as healers. With that act came words of caution from the new chair of surgery.