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White Coat Ceremony welcomes first-year medical students

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Sunday, 45 first-year medical students from Mercer University at Memorial Medical Center received their first white coats.

The White Coat Ceremony emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency. The event helps establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine.

"It's the culmination of all my hard work over the past 16 years or so. It's always been my dream to become a doctor. This is the first step in accomplishing it," said first-year John Keller.

The students will begin their education as members of the 2017 class of Mercer's four-year medical program in Savannah. The Class of 2017 is Mercer University School of Medicine's largest class to date. The White Coat Ceremony is held all over the country for first year medical students.

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