Beginning the journey

Robert Boston

Katherine Smith, a first-year medical student from Baton Rouge, La., receives her white coat from Will Ross, MD, associate dean for diversity, at the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2014 Aug. 13 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center. Smith and 121 other first-year medical students were presented with a white coat, a longtime symbol of the medical profession, and took an oath that they wrote during orientation. Jeffrey Peipert, MD, the Robert J. Terry Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the keynote speaker at the ceremony, told students to follow their passion, get involved and to keep a positive attitude.