Video: 23rd Annual White Coat Ceremony Welcomed Class of 2021 to the UA College of Medicine - Tucson

Monday, July 24, 2017

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson welcomed 120 students into the Class of 2021 during the College’s 23rd annual White Coat Ceremony Friday, July 21, at Centennial Hall on the UA Main Campus.

Watch a short White Coat video featuring a few of the medical students in the Class of 2021 here:

During the ceremony, each student received their first white coat, thanks to the generosity of UA College of Medicine – Tucson alumni, faculty and friends. Donors also provided each student with the funds to purchase a stethoscope.

Kathryn L. Reed, MD, a member of the UA College of Medicine Class of 1977 and professor and head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, delivered the keynote address, “Learning Codes.”

Students in the Class of 2021 featured in the video include:

  • Aaron Dion Bia, MS, a Navajo student whose grandfather is a medicine man. Bia completed two UA Health Sciences medical and research training programs, BLAISER and P-MAP, earning a master’s degree in cellular and molecular medicine from the UA.
  • Phillip Belone, a Navajo student and UA graduate whose volunteer experience at a Tucson urgent care facility in high school led to his decision to become a physician. 
  • Joshua Gormley, a married father of four who sold his home and ownership of a real estate/residential construction company to fulfill his passion for medicine.
  • Joshua Paree, a UA graduate who is first in his family to graduate from college and who changed majors from ecology and evolutionary biology to neuroscience after his coursework introduced him to human physiology and he realized the opportunity medicine provided to help people in an active way. 
  • Maya Sarihan, Miss India America 2014, a classical Indian dancer/singer, a UA graduate whose mother is a pediatrician and whose two sisters are alumni of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
  • Siddhant Talwar, a UA grad, was born with beta thalassemia, a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with the disorder are at an increased risk of developing abnormal blood clots and life-threatening anemia. He and his family started a foundation to raise awareness and provide resources for others.
  • Beverley Trutter, MPH, MS, was born in Zimbabwe and moved away from her family to the United States to pursue her passion for medicine. She has a master’s degree in public health from the UA and then was admitted into the P-MAP program where she earned a master’s in cellular and molecular medicine.       

Facts about the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2021:

  • Applications received:  7,218
  • Students accepted into the program: 120
  • Demographics: 57 women and 63 men. Underrepresented students in medicine make up 26.7 percent of the class.
  • Arizona residents: 80 students (69 percent of the incoming class)
  • Average GPA: 3.64
  • Average science GPA: 3.54
  • Graduated from the University of Arizona: 50 (undergraduates)


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