The record-breaking Class of 2020

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A record number of applicants and a record yield rate of accepted students led to record enrollment for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2020.

The College welcomed 135 students into the new class during the traditional White Coat Ceremony, where the future physicians received their white coats – the visible mark of a physician – before hundreds of their family and friends. 

Bruce Coull, MD, professor of neurology and medicine and chair of the College’s Professionalism Program, gave the keynote address, sharing the “two cornerstones of what you need to acquire to be an outstanding professional physician.”

“On one hand you need to have a deep knowledge of medical science and all that it entails. On the other hand you need to be a person who understands human illness and humanity and how you can help to heal,” he said. “Having the knowledge alone is not enough.”

Each student received a stethoscope and white coat thanks to our generous alumni, faculty, staff and friends from across the U.S. who gave to this year’s Stethoscope and White Coat Campaign. A record $63,140 was raised for the stethoscopes, white coats and scholarships.

Watch a short video from the ceremony and hear from some members of the Class of 2020.

View photos from the Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony.