2017 White Coat Ceremony

2017 White Coat Ceremony


I’m so excited about today. This is probably the most important day of
my life so far. It’s the first real acknowledgement of this
journey. Putting on this white coat and really actually
being able to enjoy it with my family; it’s going to be surreal. It’s a reminder to enjoy the journey and really
acknowledge how much of a privilege it is to be here. It’s symbolic of course of what’s going to
come. It reflects the transformation that’s going
to happen over the first four years. It was really based on a community to be honest. I met some really outstanding doctors from
Rush and on top of that some other outstanding students, and I really enjoyed the collaborative
atmosphere that Rush really gave. I’ve been playing hockey my whole life, so
I really want to get into sports medicine. I like fast-paced work environments. I do want to work with the underserved. I do want to do something very community based. So right now I think I’m leaning toward emergency
medicine, but I’m open to anything that will bring me to people. I think it’s important to be part of the community
you train with. I want to be a doctor because the role of
a physician allows me to be in many roles that I’ve grown up experiencing. I worked a lot as a mentor at the Boys and
Girls Club and I’m a personal trainer, so I’ve done a lot of health coaching. Being a physician actually allows me to care
for people and take on all those roles at once. Both of my parents went to Rush. They’re both alumni, and so I’ve always been
around Rush people. And I sort of know the atmosphere of Rush,
which is very human-centered. When it came down to choosing, part of that
was to be in Chicago, which is an amazing city, but also to be near my family and then
to become part of the Rush community that is so focused on taking care of people.

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