The University of Michigan held its white coat ceremony for 177 incoming medical students on July 29.
University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine Assistant Professor and Medical School Assistant Dean for Admissions Steven Ga relayed that the school chose the 177 medical school students out of approximately 7,000 applications. Gay said that that number is the largest number of people to ever put in for medical school admission at the University of Michigan.
Just over half (54 percent) of the upcoming medical school class are women, and 19 percent of them are from demographics that are considered minorities in the medical field.
During their introduction, in which University of Michigan Medicine Professor John Del Valle, who also runs the internal medicine residency program, served as the keynote speaker, the incoming medical students let those in attendance know where they grew up and where they studied for their undergraduate degrees.
This class of 177 will also become the initial class in the program that will have to do a capstone activity in order to graduate from the medical school. The members of the class will also undergo in-depth schooling on becoming medical trailblazers and will get to choose from eight concentrations to specialize in.