Matt Coster: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS FIGHTING FOR EQUITY

Many Americans have access to one of the greatest systems of healthcare in the world, and are able to take advantage of the latest technology and therapies, while some have limited access to care due to the unequal distribution of the social determinants of health. I want to give back, and serve those who are underserved, but I also want to be a part of the change that eliminates the health inequities present in this country, because neither where you’re from, nor the color of your skin, nor your gender, nor your sexual orientation should define your life expectancy. I hope to improve the health of my patients and my community through primary care, advocacy, and community-based interventions.

-Matt Coster, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Khaled Kabbara: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS JUSTICE

This white coat has been a catalyst for me to reflect on the blessings and privilege to be in this profession. I learned that with this white coat comes a sacred oath to fulfill the sacred trust bestowed on us by society. To me, being accepted by this white coat, I in return accept to commit to fight for the justice that my patients, all communities and societies, and all those who are vulnerable deserve. Healing does not stop at the physical well being, but transcends to include economical, social, spiritual, emotional and all elements of life. It is truly humbling for me. 

-Khaled Kabbara, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Dylan Conroy: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS MAGIS

The Jesuit principle of “magis” means "more," and I have adopted this mantra as motivation to to do better and be better in all aspects of my life. Patients need more than a five minute question-and-answer barrage, more than a pre-op visit emphasizing technicality over humanity. As a prospective surgeon, I aim to spend as much time discussing my patients' weekends as I do their upcoming procedures. I want to know them as more than a left knee replacement or appendectomy, to know their lives as mothers and fathers and children. Magis will guide me through late night shifts and challenging cases, pushing me to always do more for every patient. 

-Dylan Conroy, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Nazifa Rahman: My White Coat Means

MY WHITE COAT MEANS HUMILITY

My white coat is a humble reminder to me first and foremost of the responsibility I carry to serve and care for my future patients. It is an emblem of dedication, hard-work, and commitment. My white coat also gives me a greater sense of purpose. Medicine is about understanding and listening to other human beings just as much as it is about the study of human bodies.  A medical school student just starting out in her career in medicine, when I put on my white coat, the newness of it gives me a paradoxical feeling of both pride and humility. From my 4th grade elementary school teacher who encouraged my love of learning to my college mentors to my most beloved supporters, my parents, I’m humbled by all of these role models who shaped who I am and allowed me the opportunity to contemplate what this white coat means.  I hope to wear this humility and gratitude throughout my journey in medicine.

-Nazifa Rahman, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Charlotte Goldman: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS ACCOUNTABILITY

My white coat envelops the day to day minutia of medical school to remind me of my accountability to my peers, myself and my profession. It represents my personal challenge to hold myself to a high standard of responsibility for others. It’s a reminder to improve myself academically beyond my grades, and seek experience and perspective so I can best serve my patients. 

-Charlotte Goldman, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Lauren Klingman: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS RELINQUISHING ONE GOAL FOR ANOTHER

The decision to leave my career in theater was the hardest I’ve had to make. A lot of reasons compelled me to pursue the change; ultimately I felt like I had more to contribute to this world than what theatre would allow. I chose to give up all the roles I might have played for the final role of physician.

-Lauren Klingman, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Gina Biagetti: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS SAFETY

Being in the Air Force, my patients will all have worked hard at keeping our country safe, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need someone to look out for their health as well.  My white coat means I’ll be there every step of the way, preventing disease and treating my fellow Airmen as the need arises. Safety isn’t just the way we prevent problems. It’s a bedside manner, open communication, and a promise to do my best for all my patients.

-Gina Biagetti, 2LT, USAFR; MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Clare Goggins: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS A BLANK CANVAS

My white coat symbolizes a blank canvas. It serves as a platform upon which the patients I encounter can depict their stories – both medical and personal. Even as medical students, patients entrust us with the most intimate, vulnerable details of their lives. Every time we walk into a patient’s room donned in our white coats, we carry with us the promise of a nonjudgmental, attentive ear and a helping hand.

-Clare Goggins, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Katherine Wikholm: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS VOCATION

There is a quote attributed to Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J. that speaks of love. It goes, “Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."

This is what the white coat means to me. Sure, I’m not always thrilled that medical school is what I do with my evenings and weekends, but nothing else makes me feel more grounded, more myself.  I have fallen in love with medicine, with my future patients, with the act of healing and the act of sitting with others in their suffering, in their humanity. To me, this is vocation.

-Katherine Wikholm, MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Kathryn Oskar: "My White Coat Means"

MY WHITE COAT MEANS SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH SERVICE

Going to medical school and committing to becoming a physician only really made sense to me when I began volunteering through my undergraduate university's service learning program. Building relationships with people who had been marginalized and stigmatized by substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness, or HIV status--and feeling a sense of shared humanity between us--propelled me to prioritize working for social justice by leveraging my talents & privilege for others. Being a physician and combining science with direct service will let me do just that--it's the best way I can think of for me to positively impact the world. 

 

-Kathryn Oskar, MD Candidate, Class of 2019