On January 24, 2024, an exciting White Coat ceremony was held at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine for the first time – six-year track MD students, the first class, received their white coats in preparation for the start of clinical studies in the hospitals as part of a medical exposure course.
The white coat ceremony symbolizes the transition from the pre-clinical studies that take place in the faculty, to the clinical studies in the hospitals that are studied at the patient's bedside.
The ceremony was attended by Prof. Orly Avni, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine; Prof. Moshe Dessau, Vice Dean for Pre-Clinical Education; Prof. Daniel Glikman, Associate Dean Clinical Advancement; Sharon Mines, Administrative Deputy to the Associate Dean of Medical Education; and Medical Exposure course coordinators Dr. Maya Wolff from the Galilee Medical Center and Dr. David Rotem from the Ziv Medical Center.
Prof. Avni congratulated the students, stating that this is a ceremony that is being performed for the first time in the first year of the six-year track before entering the medical departments, and stressing its importance for the students' identity as medical staff in the departments - and the responsibility they bear as a result.
In addition, they also congratulated Prof. Moshe Dessau and Dr. Maya Wolff on behalf of the course team (Dr. David Rotem, Coordinator and Dr. Shani Or, Teaching Assistant) for their dedicated professionalism and responsibility in the clinic, and their compassion and sensitivity.
The names of the 75 medical students were read and each of them personally received from the Dean and the course coordinators, the white coat and the personal badge with their name. The excitement was felt in the air.
The medical exposure course was designed with the aim of exposing the students to the clinic and the medical activity in the departments as early as the first year of studies for an initial introduction to the medical system in various fields of medicine and the development of communication and teamwork skills. Another goal of the course is to stimulate curiosity and interest, social bonding, and a break from the theoretical studies that characterize the pre-clinical phase of studies.
The students enjoyed lectures from the faculty on topics such as therapist-patient communication, taking medical history and performing a physical examination, teamwork and medical interfaces, the urgent patient and the chronic patient, and ethics in medicine. Later in the course, the students will join clinical meetings in the departments of internal medicine, surgery, children, emergency medicine, and gynecology and obstetrics in three hospitals in small groups accompanied by dedicated clinical instructors.
Best wishes to the students for success in their studies and clinical experiences!
In the photo above, the Dean Prof. Orly Avni and Dr. Maya Wolff.