Geisinger School of Medicine class of ’22 receives white coats

SCRANTON — First-year doctor of medicine (MD) students received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine held its 10th annual White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2022 on Aug. 3.

A reception immediately followed in the lobby of Geisinger Common-wealth’s Medical Sciences Building. Local students receiving white coats were Haadi Ali of Hollidays-burg, Sajal Datta of Port Matilda, Alyssa Lasure Black of Hollidaysburg and Alexander Romeo of DuBois

At the ceremony, Geis-inger Commonwealth’s dean, Steven J. Schein-man, M.D., told the students, “Some doctors succumb to the temptation to think of their white coat as a shield, or a barrier, or a status symbol … You won’t be one of those doctors. You will come to see this white coat not as a symbol of status, but as a reminder that your role is one of service: To the community and to your patients.”

The class of 2021’s 113 future doctors participated in a ceremony designed to welcome new medical students into the profes-sion. Students recited an oath acknowledging their responsibilities as future physicians and their obligations to future patients. Then they were cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession — by a member of the faculty.