Kate spent the first week in August at orientation for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I was surprised by how much effort the school put into welcoming the new students. I figured med schools told you when the first day of class was and everything else was up to you. Not in this case. RWJ held a full week orientation which covered basics like parking passes, lockers, lab rooms, etc. She ordered her doctor tools - stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and who knows what else. The week also included social activities to help the 130+ new students to get to know each other -- they will certainly spend a lot of time together over the next four years. One of the tips they learned from the second year students was to wear old shoes to anatomy class. It seems that there is some spillage and you don't want to ruin your good shoes. Ughh.
On Friday RWJ held the White Coat Ceremony where the new students received their student doctor coat. Except for being shorter than a real doctor's coat, it looks like the real thing, her name embroidered on the front, big deep pockets for holding equipment, etc. The ceremony was very well done; it was a great way to welcome them into the university.
|The new students entered while the orientaiton committee clapped and welcomed them.|
|Students received their white coat from faculty members five at a time.|
|How long until Kate can give Grant his school physicals?|
|Kate and her roommate, Julianne, or Jules.|
|Kate and the Dean, Dr. Peter Amenta.|
|We celebrated afterwards at the Frog and Peach Restaurant in New Brunswick.|