Wake Forest University School of Medicine recently proudly welcomed 145 new medical students, from 28 states, during its recent White Coat Ceremony – a cherished tradition that marks the beginning of their journey to become physicians.  It also celebrated 86 PA students from the class of 2024.

During the white coat ceremony, L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, dean of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Chief Science Officer and Vice Chief Academic Officer of Advocate Health, spoke to students about how the white coat symbolizes the values of compassion, trust, inclusion and service – and the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in medicine.

“I wanted a medical school that was focused on service and people, and that also placed an emphasis on how we can use medicine to uplift the voices of others and give dignity to people,” said Lucy Lawrence, a first-year medical student. “I felt like Wake Forest University School of Medicine really prioritized caring for us, even at our Second Look a few months ago, the common denominator through the entire event was talking about how the School is here to support us, care about us as people – not just as doctors – and how they’re going to come along beside us during this process. That was really important to me because this is such a big journey.”

The day was especially meaningful, as the Class of 2027 is the first medical school class that Dean Boulware has had the privilege of welcoming as Dean.

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