SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - 60 first-year medical students at Mercer University's School of Medicine were welcomed into the medical profession Saturday.
They all received their white coats in the Mercer Auditorium at the school's campus at Memorial University Medical Center.
The white coat symbolizes the beginning of their transformation into a physician.
"It's a recognition that you are caring for others, and you leave yourself behind. Take on the responsibility to be an advocate for an individual patient," shared Dean of Savannah campus, Dr. William Bina.
"It's been a very long journey, and for the first time in my life I'm actually speechless," said medical student, Drevon Jones.
The white coat ceremony was designed by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
It's a way to welcome new medical student and sets clear expectations regarding their primary role as physicians by professing an oath.