Mercedes Robinson (center) receives her white coat from Dean Cynda Johnson and Vice-Dean Dan Harrington during the Class of 2019's White Coat Ceremony at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Mercedes Robinson (center) receives her white coat from Dean Cynda Johnson and Vice-Dean Dan Harrington during the Class of 2019's White Coat Ceremony at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Dr. James Sherman, professor of pediatrics, is the keynote speaker during the class of 2019's White Coat Ceremony" at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The annual event marks the passage of beginning medical student's new place within the medical community. (

Dr. James Sherman, professor of pediatrics, is the keynote speaker
Dr. James Sherman, professor of pediatrics, is the keynote speaker during the class of 2019's White Coat Ceremony" at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The annual event marks the passage of beginning medical student's new place within the medical community.
Family and friends take photos during the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's annual White Coat Ceremony.
Family and friends take photos during the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's annual White Coat Ceremony.

Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s Class of 2019 received their white coats in a ceremony on October 23, 2015. The school’s leadership team—including Dr. Cynda Johnson, dean, and Dr. Daniel Harrington, vice dean—helped the students into their coats for the first time, symbolically inviting them into the practice of medicine.

Hyman Abunimer (left) and Oscar Alcoreza of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019
Hyman Abunimer (left) and Oscar Alcoreza of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 prepare to receive their white coat as part of the school's annual ceremony.
Zainab Ibrahim, president of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019
Zainab Ibrahim, president of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019, speaks during their "White Coat Ceremony". The annual event marks the passage of beginning medical student's new place within the medical community.

A member of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 receives a hug from Tarin Schmidt-Dalton, M.D as David Musick, PhD and Tracey Criss, MD look on during the school's annual "White Coat Ceremony".

A member of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 receives a hug from Tarin Schmidt-Dalton, M.D as David Musick, PhD and Tracey Criss, MD look on during the school's annual "White Coat Ceremony".
A member of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 receives a hug from Tarin Schmidt-Dalton, M.D as David Musick, PhD and Tracey Criss, MD look on during the school's annual "White Coat Ceremony".
Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 look back at family and friends after receiving their white coats.
Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 look back at family and friends after receiving their white coats.
Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 applauds family and friends after receiving their white coats.
Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 applauds family and friends after receiving their white coats.
Lindsay Maguire (left) and Ellen Hammett of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 poses for a photo during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
Lindsay Maguire (left) and Ellen Hammett of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 poses for a photo during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
Eric Schafer of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 poses for a photo during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
Eric Schafer of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 poses for a photo during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
A member of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 poses for a photo during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
A member of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 poses for a photo during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
Becky Gates of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 receives a hug during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.
Becky Gates of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2019 receives a hug during a reception after the school's white coat ceremony.