I had a beautiful weekend with my family, Jeff, and Jeff's mom, Terri Jo. It was a wonderful time for me to take a break from our first week of really tough class and get to enjoy their company. I hadn't seen them since early July, so it was a much needed visit, especially with Jeff.
The occasion was a ceremony held for first year medical students, usually called the "White Coat Ceremony." As I have mentioned in previous posts, we don't wear white coats at Mayo. We wear Mayo Wear - professional suits and dress clothing. This is to alleviate the boundaries and prestige that doctors often carry that isolate them from patients and interferes with the highest quality of patient care.
So, instead we had a commitment to human values and services ceremony, where we took the hippocratic oath - Mayo style - and committed to being great doctors with great values to provide great care.
Here are a few photos and some comments to go along:
We started with a few sessions, and had a wonderful lunch. Jeff came to Rochester early on Wednesday, but I was still eating up all the time I could possible spend with him :)
Then came the actual ceremony, saying the hippocratic oath and accepting my stethoscope and a plaque.
Of course, I got a pink stethoscope with my name engraved ;)
Then came all the pictures of us afterwards, in celebration of me finally being a fake doctor on the way to being a real doctor. This includes photos with the statues of the Mayo Brothers, and in front of a statue with a leaf over his _____ that weighs 3 tons.
Here's a look at my schedule this week, just for you to get an idea of what my week looks like.
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