Texas Tech's HSC welcomes 180 incoming medical students

Texas Tech's HSC welcomes 180 incoming medical students

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center welcomes 180 incoming students into its medical school from 63 schools nationwide.

"Today they come to put on their white coat for the first time," said Dr. Steven Berk, TTUHSC executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. "The coat is a symbol for them and for us that they are starting their career in the medical profession."

The School of Medicine began its own white coat ceremony in 1997 with the entering class of 2001. Dr. Berk said the next four years will put these medical students to the test.They will start seeing patients right away in the first and second week of school.  

"They know they have great opportunities to do research if they want to do that, they have all kinds of opportunities to do service at the free clinic, at the barbershop hypertension program," said Dr. Berk. "They get very close attention from faculty and from the deans and the associate deans." 

For many students the dream of putting on the white coat and starting their path to becoming a doctor begins the day they are accepted into medical school and for first generation medical student Jacqueline Rios the ceremony is extra special.

"This is not just only for myself but for my family as well," said Rios. "I feel that when I walk across that stage today being coated with my white coat. I'm going to be representing my entire family my mom and dad, my two sisters my grandparents, everybody."

Tech's medical program is still growing and the acceptance process is still competitive beyond just grades and test scores. Recently the medical program was ranked sixth most affordable in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, including second most affordable for out-of-state students.


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