At a special White Coat Ceremony on Monday, July 28, 2003, at 3 p.m. in Rudder Theater on the Texas A&M University campus, 70 outstanding students will take part in a time-honored tradition, receiving a white coat signifying the beginning of their medical training as the Class of 2007 at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine. Out of nearly 1,700 applicants for the 70 places, these students represent 32 colleges and universities throughout the state and nation.
The physician’s white coat has been a part of the profession since the 19th century. The concept originated from the operating room’s white coat, and has served as a visual symbol of the profession that stands for the need to balance excellence in science with compassionate caring for the patient.
Introductory remarks will be given by Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine, and Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the A&M System Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs, will greet the students on behalf of the Health Science Center. Charles Sanders, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and interim head of the College’s department of humanities in medicine, will deliver the keynote address to the entering students and other guests.
Drs. Sanders and Colenda will present the white coat to each student. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in Rudder Exhibit Hall.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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