MSM Continues to Grow, Welcomes Largest Class in School’s History

A vision has now been fulfilled as Morehouse School of Medicine officially welcomed 178 new first-year students on Friday, September 17, during the 33rd Annual Fall Convocation, White Coat & Pinning ceremony. The inaugural Road to 100 class of 100 M.D. students is part of the largest class at the school to date.

Entering students representing all disciplines received their white coats and pins during the convocation. The new students were presented with the symbol of their future profession and recited their corresponding oaths of professional medical ethics for the first time.

The new class includes:

  • 100 Doctor of Medicine
  • 32 Master of Public Health
  • 21 Master of Science in Medical Sciences
  • 15 Master of Science in Clinical Research
  •   4 Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
  •   4 Master of Science in Neuroscience
  •   2 Master of Science in Biomedical Research

Janice Herbert-Carter, M.D., chair of Medical Education and associate professor at MSM, served as the event’s keynote speaker.

“You must take the legacy that’s been handed to you and continue leading this nation and the world toward health equity,” said Dr. Herbert-Carter to the new students. “Until every viral genome is mapped, until every cancer inducer is understood, every child is immunized, until every blood pressure or blood sugar is optimally controlled, until every smoker quits, until every seat belt is clicked and child safety seat installed, until the violence stops, and the environment is clean, until all lives really do matter. And then as healthy people, as healthy communities, we can all go forward to achieve the potential we were born to accomplish. Must you practice primary care medicine because you will graduate from Morehouse School of Medicine? No, but you must always be primarily caring.”

The school also unveiled a commemorative piece of artwork in recognition of the Road to 100, created by renowned artist Jonathan Green, called The Visionary.” Both signed and unsigned copies of the painting can be purchased online.

Click here to watch MSM's 33rd Convocation in its entirety



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Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. In 2011, MSM was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s No. 1 medical school in fulfilling a social mission. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

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