The Journey Begins with a White Coat

Arlynn Ambriz (from left), Nmelichukwu Anene, Ifeanyi Anyaoha.

With Dean Robert Hromas, M.D., FACP (center), John H. Doran, M.D. Class of 1973, presented a painting of the main campus to Marvin Forland, M.D., MACP, in honor of his pledge to elevate the Marvin Forland MD MACP Endowed Chair in Medicine.

On July 20, 211 members of the Class of 2023 celebrated the beginning of their medical education at the White Coat Ceremony at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Joined by proud parents, siblings, spouses, grandparents, children and friends, medical students donned white coats for the first time and recited the Hippocratic Oath, a pledge to compassionately and ethically treat patients.

The Class of 2023 includes 184 Texans and 27 students from out of state. The age range of the class is 20 to 45 years old. The class has 96 females and 115 male students. Seven of the students are in the M.D./Ph.D. dual program. Sixteen of them already hold master’s degrees.

Dean Robert Hromas, M.D., FACP, acknowledged that James “Larry” Holly, M.D. Class of 1973, a distinguished alumnus, made a special gift to these students who will graduate 50 years after he did from the Long School of Medicine.

To honor this class, Dr. Holly provided each student a UT Health San Antonio white coat and two sets of branded scrubs. This is the first time students have received this special gift.

Current and founding faculty members attend the Founding Faculty Breakfast Reception prior to the White Coat Ceremony.
Christopher Zhu (from left), Alejandro Zamora, William Young, Salma Yazji
Class of 2023
Ronald Stewart, M.D. Class of 1985, joins his wife, Sherrie Stewart, and daughter, Mary Stewart, who are celebrating daughter, Elizabeth Stewart, starting her medical school journey.

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In the 2019 issue of Future

Future is the official magazine of the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Read and share inspiring stories highlighting our medical alumni, faculty and students who are revolutionizing education, research, patient care and critical services in the communities they serve.

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