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August 12, 2008

Newest SIU Medical Students Begin Training

Medical students in the Class of 2012 at Southern Illinois University start their medical training this Friday in Carbondale.  The students will participate in a “white coat ceremony” beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, August 15, in Shryock Auditorium.

During the ceremony, the students will be welcomed by Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost and a 1978 graduate of the School.  They will receive their first white coat from the president of the School’s Alumni Society, Dr. Doug Carlson, a pediatrician at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital and 1984 graduate.

The keynote will be given by Dr. David Resch, associate professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at SIU and a 1986 graduate of the School.  He is the recipient of the School’s 2007 Humanism in Medicine Award.

The 2007-08 Mentor of the Year will be presented to Dr. Rebecca Hartman, a gynecologist at New Horizons Group Practice in Carbondale.  The most recent class of freshmen, Class of 2011, selected her for the honor at the end of their first year in Carbondale, in recognition of her work as a volunteer mentor.

The students also receive a pin made up of the words “Compassion, Respect and Integrity” from the SIU Foundation.  Most of the 77 students are from the southern two-thirds of the state, says Dr. Erik J. Constance, associate professor of internal medicine, associate dean of student affairs and a 1988 graduate.  There are 42 males and 35 females.

The White Coat ceremony is designed to establish a “psychological contract for professionalism and empathy” in medicine and is held at most U.S. medical schools each fall.

SIU School of Medicine is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities.

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