165 Future Health Leaders Begin Their Journey at Morehouse School of Medicine

Donning their crisp new white jackets and blue blazers, the entering class at Morehouse School of Medicine is now prepared to embark on their medical journey.

At the 34th Fall Convocation & White Coat and Pinning Ceremony on Friday, September 21, MSM welcomed a total of 165 new students across a variety of disciplines. The event took place at the auditorium in the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care on MSM’s campus.

For the second year in a row, MSM achieved the goal of 100 incoming Doctor of Medicine students. They received their traditional white coats emblazoned with the MSM seal on the sleeve and their names over their hearts. A total of 43 new students in the Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences, or GEBS, program received blue blazers to distinguish them from their peers. Another 22 students pursuing a Master of Public Health were also pinned during the ceremony. All the programs also recited the appropriate oaths of service for their fields in front of their families and MSM faculty.

During the program, MSM announced a new MD/MBA degree with Georgia Tech, nicknamed “White Coats and Yellow Jackets.” This program will allow students studying medicine at MSM to also enroll in the prestigious Master of Business Administration program at Georgia Tech simultaneously.

“A physician must possess many essential qualities,” said MSM President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. to the students. “Passion, compassion, professionalism, humility, confidence. And a strong work ethic. But being a great physician isn’t just about understanding medicine and patient care. These days, it’s increasingly important to be a great businessperson too.”

MSM plans to add more joint degree programs with Georgia Tech in the coming years.


White Coats


Men in white coats


MPH students with VMR