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VIDEO & PHOTOS: MD 2022 students receive white coats, begin journey to becoming a doctor

Date: August 5th, 2018 in External News, JABSOM News, Student Life    Print or PDF

Anthony Kwon, MD 2022 candidate, receives his white coat.

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.

“I think the white coat is a symbol for all the accomplishments we’ve all made already and as well as kind of a symbol for what we’ll endure together in the future, school and residency and our careers and beyond,” said Card.

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.

See all photos from the 2018 White Coat Ceremony
White Coat Ceremony 2018
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