During the ceremony, incoming Saint Louis University School of Medicine students are
cloaked in their first white coat as a symbol of the trust being bestowed upon them
to carry on the honorable tradition of doctoring.
The white coat ceremony for the Class of 2022 was held Sunday, July 29, at St. Francis
Xavier College Church.
“Medicine is a vocation, a calling for a special few who enjoy the rigor of learning
a new language and translating the acquisition of knowledge into a skill set that
compassionately cares for patients,” Kevin Behrns, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine,
told students during the ceremony. “Medicine is a calling of service to others - a
rich experience that continually rewards the physician.”
The Class of 2022 is comprised of 177 men and women from 29 states and 11 different
countries. Forty-one students are coming to SLU from California, while 34 first-year
students are Missouri residents.
Class members graduated from 89 different colleges and universities. The group enters
medical school with nine masters degrees.
Twenty-five members of the class received their undergraduate degree at Saint Louis
University. The University of California system, Washington University in St. Louis,
Rockhurst University, Loyola University Chicago and the University of Missouri-Columbia
also have multiple alums counted among SLU's first-year medical students.
“The white coat ceremony is a tremendously exciting event, in which medical students
receive the garment that is the symbol of the profession, and thus begin their journey
into their medical training,” said Jamie Sutherall, M.D., MEd, associate dean of student
affairs. “The thrill of the day is palpable, and it is such an honor to share that
moment with the parents, friends, and significant others of the incoming students.”
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction
of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates
physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health
care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new
cures and treatments in five key areas: infectious disease, liver disease, cancer,
heart/lung disease, and aging and brain disorders.