September 10, 2003

UCSD School of Medicine Welcomes 122 Future Physicians

The entering UCSD School of Medicine class was officially welcomed during a week of orientation activities and a White Coat ceremony, during which they received the white coats they will wear as they study to become physicians. Classes began this week.

Dr. Holmes congratulates an incoming student at the White Coat ceremony.

The class of 122 students includes 66 women and 56 men. This is the second year in a row that women have outnumbered men in the incoming class.

According to David Rapaport, Ph.D., Interim Dean of Admissions, this is a diversely talented group with outstanding grade point averages and MCAT scores, great strength and depth in academics, and a broad range of extracurricular activities and community service to their credit. Nine students have enrolled through the Medical Scientist Training Program and will pursue both an M.D. and Ph.D.

Ten of the students have Masters Degrees, and 26 earned double majors as undergraduates. Many have held scholarships and fellowships from prestigious organizations, including the Goldwater Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Howard Hughes Medical Research Foundation. One is a Fulbright Scholar. Several have worked in research laboratories and published scientific papers in prestigious journals.

The students have broad volunteer experience, including the Peace Corps, Flying Samaritans, Teach for America, YWCA and the Red Cross, and numerous medical missions to underserved communities and countries. Many have earned community service awards for humanitarian activities.

Many are also accomplished in the arts, including several musicians who have toured and recorded, and a number of dancers who have performed, toured and taught in dance troupes devoted to ethnic folk dance. There is a commissioned artist, a professional photographer, several actors and a runway model.

The sports field is well represented, with an NCAA All American in tennis who led his team to three national titles and eventually played professionally for two years. Another was a member of the United States Surfing Team and surfed professionally around the world. There are several varsity athletes in soccer, track and field, wrestling and other sports, many of whom were winner of Scholar/Athlete or Academic All-American titles. There are a number of marathoners including one who has run the L.A. Marathon six years in a row.

A new student participates in the television coverage of the White Coat ceremony.

At least a dozen incoming students are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, one was a nurse, and one was a Search and Rescue Technician.

The UCSD School of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in the United States. The 2003 U.S. News and World Report survey of graduate schools placed the UCSD School of Medicine as 6th among primary medical schools and 16th among all research medical schools in the country, 5th among public schools in this category.

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Leslie Franz