CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Medical students in the class of 2015 at Southern Illinois University of School of Medicine will start their medical training this week.
The students will participate in a White Coat ceremony starting Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium.
During the ceremony, Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost of the school, will welcome the students.
Students will receive their first white coat from the president of the school's Alumni Society, Dr. Douglas Carlson, professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, a pediatrician at WU and St. Louis Children's Hospital and a 1984 graduate.
The school's alumni society provides the coats. The students will also receive a pin made up of the words "Compassion, Respect and Integrity" from the SIU Foundation.
A keynote speech will be given by Dr. Careyana Brenham, associate professor of family and community medicine and a 2000 graduate.