Largest, Most Competitive Class to Date Enters MSM

Calling it a new beginning, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) welcomed its largest and most competitive class to date during the 32nd fall convocation, white coat and pinning ceremony on Friday, September 16.

New students received the symbol of their chosen profession and took their first oath of professional medical ethics.

Here is the degree breakdown of the 151 new MSM students:

  • 92 Doctor of Medicine
  • 9 Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
  • 6 Master of Science in Biomedical Research
  • 2 Master of Science in Clinical Research
  • 21 Master of Science in Medical Sciences
  • 20 Master of Public Health
  • 1 Master of Science in Neuroscience

Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D., vice president and executive vice dean of research and academic administration, served as the event's keynote speaker. Welcoming incoming students “to the Morehouse School of Medicine family,” she told them to carry three terms with them on their journey: discern, decide and determine. 

“Adversaries will come in many forms; they will place negativity and doubt in your spirit as to whether this is really the profession for you,” she said. “So you must discern that, yes, this is the right path for me. You must decide that you are willing to keep working when it seems like there are no more hours left in the day, when there are too many notes to review and when most everything that you review is not on the exam. And you must determine to continue down the path to your chosen profession.”


About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Founded in 1975, MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

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