At a ceremony on June 24, a second batch of medical residents were honored at Eisenhower Medical Center’s School of Graduate Medical Education’s White Coat Ceremony. Join the club if you have to ask what that is, as it was the first time I had been invited to such an auspicious event. To the new medical school graduates sporting freshly minted degrees, this is a symbolic rite of passage into the medical profession. Each literally receives and dons his or her white coat at the occasion.
And judging from the standing-room-only crowd of staff, friends, and family members who showed up for the affair at Eisenhower Medical Center’s Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, I could see what a great honor it is to the 22 new residents, 16 of whom will train for the next three years alongside board-certified doctors in the Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Residency Program. The other six Preliminary Medicine residents will spend one year in their specialty program. These brilliant young men and women come from around the country, and around the world, to study with some of the best doctors in their fields.
As a volunteer at Eisenhower, I’m so excited to have this new group join last year’s residents, and to watch with my own eyes as they all grow into the kinds of caring physicians that are so needed to care not only for those of us who live here in the Palm Springs Valley but for the many who come to visit our beautiful desert oasis every year. Welcome, doctors!