The 90 members of Quinnipiac University‘s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine‘s Class of 2018 received white coats and stethoscopes on Aug. 7 and lots of inspiration to start their journey from medical students to physicians.
President John L. Lahey told the group, selected from more than 5,200 applicants, that they enter the field at one of the most challenging and transformative periods in the history of health and medicine.
School of Medicine Dean Bruce Koeppen noted they are not here to compete against each other, but to learn from each other. “Medicine today is a team sport, and you must learn to behave as members of a team,” he said.
Dr. Kristine M. Lisi, director of the Family Health Center at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the medical school’s principal clinical partner, delivered the keynote address. She told students the white coat symbolizes knowledge, professionalism, purity and cleanliness, but also can initiate fear and can be a barrier between doctor and patient.
“But don’t let it. You define your white coat, it does not define you,” she said. While professors can teach the science of medicine, where problems can be solved with almost no emotion, nobody can teach the art of medicine, she said.
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