Future Doctors to Receive and Don First White Coats at UA, July 27

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

TUCSON - More than 100 new medical students will receive and don their first white coats this week at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson White Coat Ceremony.

The event, held to honor the college’s latest class of medical students, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, July 27, in Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

The White Coat Ceremony, a traditional rite of passage for entering medical students, signifies a student’s acceptance into medical school and his or her commitment to humanism in medicine. After being robed with their first coats, students will recite an oath acknowledging their dedication to patient care.

Alok Patel, MD, a member of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2012, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Dr. Patel is a nationally recognized pediatrician who has assisted with health communication at ABC News, CNN and Medscape.

Following are a few of the impressive students that make up the Class of 2022:

Audrey Adkins is a 15-year emergency medical services veteran who served as an EMT and critical care flight paramedic. The native Tucsonan also is a mother who sculpts, welds and blows glass.

David J. Haddad is a first-generation college student who grew up in rural Mayer, Ariz. Once he becomes a physician, Haddad will seek to address community health issues affecting rural communities.

Justin B. Kaye is a Navajo student who earned the 2017 National Congress of American Indians Graduate Health Fellowship. Navajo healing ceremonies performed by his uncle and cousin attracted Kaye to medicine.

Vignesh S. Krishnaswamy is a former White House intern who worked on the Domestic Policy Council Health team and met President Barack Obama in 2015. The Mesa, Ariz., native aims to create an equitable health-care system as a physician.

Jacob Sorenson is a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar from Mesa, Ariz., who grew interested in global medicine after serving as a

church services missionary in

Mozambique for two years.

Maria Williams is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and increasing the representation of female surgeons. Surgery saved her life after a snowboarding accident as a teenager. Williams is from the Pacific Northwest.

Laura Wylie is a Cottonwood, Ariz., native who was inspired to go into medicine by her father, a doctor and UA College of Medicine – Tucson alumnus, and her mother, a registered nurse. Wylie graduated from the UA with a bachelor’s degree in physiology.

About the Class of 2022:

  • Applications received: 9,530
  • Class Size: 124
  • Female students: 66
  • Male students: 58
  • Underrepresented minorities in medicine: 42
  • Age range: 21 - 35
  • Arizona residents: 92
  • Average GPA: 3.68
  • UA alumni: 54

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university’s partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, please visit

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