College of Medicine – Tucson’s newest class receive white coats

July 27, 2023
Six college of medicine faculty members wearing white coats and acting silly walk outside on their way to the white coat ceremony.

(From left) The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Raquel Hernández Givens, MEd, interim assistant dean and senior director of curricular affairs; Kevin F. Moynahan, MD, FACP, vice dean of education; Celia P. Valenzuela, MD, vice dean of diversity, equity and inclusion; Richard M. Amini, MD, associate dean of student affairs; Michael M.I. Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean; and Daniel C. Butler, MD, assistant dean of student affairs, ham it up on their way to a group photo after the college celebrated their new class of medical students at their annual white coat ceremony on July 21.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson welcomed its class of 2027 during the traditional white coat ceremony in Centennial Hall on July 21. The annual event recognizes medical students’ entry into medicine with their first physician’s white coat, the garment of their future profession.

“This ceremony is an opportunity to welcome students into our professional community and remind them of the values they will be held accountable for as medical students and physicians,” said Kevin Moynahan, MD, the college’s vice dean for education and a professor of medicine. “The COVID-19 pandemic served as a powerful reminder of the indispensable role of medical professionals in our society. As we welcome this incoming class, we celebrate the duty of physicians to serve their communities by providing compassionate, patient-centered medical care.”

The class of 2027 is 62% female and 38% male, with ages ranging from 20 to 36. Of the 120 students, 89 are from Arizona, 26 are from Tucson and 12% are first-generation college students.

A version of this story was originally published on the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson website.