By now I’m sure, you’re all well aware of the white coat ceremony and the significance of the white coat. When I started vet school I was excited about getting the official coat, having my family/friends there to watch, and the start of a new adventure. Then I found out that while a lot of schools in the country have their white coat ceremonies during the first year, Tuskegee University does their ceremony at the beginning of third year. I thought to myself “Oh no! I have to wait two whole years?!”
Earlier in the semester, I finally earned my official lab coat. Let me tell you what happened on that day. When I got my coat, I was appreciative of the fact that I had to wait until third year to receive it. It signifies my movement from the basic veterinary sciences to applied, clinical sciences. It signifies the start of clinics, the building of skills essential to my life in practice, and the applied task of working in groups/teams for the betterment of the animals.
The white coat signifies the halfway mark. We’re reached the downhill slope on our vet school adventure, and we’re one step closer to taking our place within the veterinary community. It’s a symbol of how far we’ve come as students and as professionals. It means it’s time to think like a doctor.
I would like to send a special congratulations to my classmates, TUSVM’s Class of 2016, as well as to all the students across the world who got their coats this semester. I hope it inspires you the way it has inspired me.