About the new class and their orientation to Duke
The School of Medicine’s class of 2021 is readying for their Duke experience with a time-honored ceremony and an immersion into the Duke and Durham community.
The 116 members of the class received their first white coats — a gift from the Duke Medical Alumni Association— at the White Coat Ceremony on August 4. The white coat signifies the virtues of altruism, responsibility, duty, honor, respect, and compassion.
Adding a new dimension to the tradition, the association also provided a stethoscope to each student, acknowledging their joining the ranks of medicine. Both gifts were made possible by the support of Duke Medical alumni through the Medical Annual Fund.
Alison Vasan, MD’16, remembers well her first white coat, and wanted to pay that feeling forward by supporting the stethoscope program. “Starting medical school was exciting and intimidating for me, but it was such a warm welcome to receive my white coat from the alumni association,” says Vasan, who is training in radiology at Duke. “Unlike the short white coat, my stethoscope stayed with me well past graduation, and the stethoscopes our new medical students got will be a reminder of Duke that will stay with them when they are new doctors, wherever they choose to train.”
Dean Mary E. Klotman, MD, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony — her first as dean of the school. “You have chosen a remarkable and noble career,” she said. “As a physician or physician-scientist, you will have the opportunity to touch people, to change lives in a way that few other professions offer, and that is indeed an awesome privilege.”
Make a Gift to Duke Health
Alumni support is critical to the vitality and health of academic institutions and Duke University School of Medicine is fortunate to have many alumni who are actively supporting the institution through their time and donations. Gifts to the Davison Club and Medical Annual Fund provide support for scholarships and research as well as mentoring and training programs.
You can make an impact through engaging with our School of Medicine Reunion Giving Program, mentoring and networking with medical students and residents, and other regional programming.
There are also many other great ways to give:
- Volunteer to participate on your class reunion committee
- Make an annual gift
- Create an endowed scholarship or professorship for a special reunion year
- Establish a research endowment
- Consider creating a bequest through your estate
Help preserve the great traditions of the School of Medicine and our commitment to our students—tomorrow’s leaders in science and medicine.