August 14, 2017
Welcome new learners
As always seems to be the case, the summer has flown by and the fall semester is upon us, with the usual excitement that ushers in a new school year. Last Friday, the Carver College of Medicine hosted its annual White Coat Ceremony, an experience students entering medical school look forward to with much anticipation. In the presence of family, guests, and faculty members, 152 students were welcomed into the medical community and received their white coats. With this traditional event, students become aware of the depth of their responsibilities from the first day of training and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. It also clarifies that a physician’s responsibility is to take care of patients and also to care for patients—that doctors should “care” as well as “cure.” Also beginning their studies at the Carver College of Medicine this fall are 25 new physician assistant students, 42 new doctor of physical therapy students, and almost 70 new PhD students. Allied health students in certificate and degree programs have also joined us as learners within UI Health Care. In addition, 148 resident and 69 fellow physicians, and seven dental residents began their advanced specialty training in July at UI Hospitals and Clinics. They join about 4,000 other students in 45 programs who receive some or all of their clinical training at the hospitals and clinics over the course of their educations. All of these learners have tremendous opportunities to work with and learn from our talented faculty and staff in a variety of settings—from classrooms and simulation centers to clinical units and research laboratories. Undoubtedly, they will become better scientists, physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, and other health care providers because of their Iowa experience. Please join me in extending a warm greeting to these students as they orient themselves to their new surroundings. I hope that given the opportunity, each of you embrace the chance to be involved personally in educating and supporting these promising individuals.