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VIDEO & PHOTOS: MD 2022 students receive white coats, begin journey to becoming a doctor
Pictured: Anthony Kwon receives his white coat at the Farrington High School auditorium. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, UH Med Now
The University of Hawaiʻi’s newest batch of future doctors slipped on their white coats— a ceremonial initiation into the medical profession. The 72 MD students, the largest incoming class at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), are ready to begin the long journey that lies ahead of them.
“I’m definitely very humbled and honored,” said Kevin Card, MD 2022 candidate originally from Kailua.
Traditionally, the white coat ceremony invites JABSOM alumni physicians annually to cloak the incoming MD class in their white coats. Students can also choose to be cloaked by a physician who is a family member, friend or mentor.
Erin NaPier, MD 2022 candidate, was excited to have her father, Dr. Brad NaPier, do the honors of cloaking her with her white coat.
“He’s been a big inspiration for me and he’s a big reason why I want to be a doctor,” said NaPier, who was born and raised in ʻĀina Haina.
Sarah McAllaster, MD 2022 candidate from Kailua, already has her sights on the future.
“I think that being a physician is the best way that I can give back to my community and I’m excited to do that,” McAllaster said.
Meet more of the new MD 2022 candidates in the video, below.