Moving on to Clinical Education

Second-year medical students in the Class of 2025 celebrated their transition from classroom-based instruction to clinical education at the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony in early January.

 “Years ago, we all committed to this path so that we could have the privilege of caring for others one day, and that day has finally  arrived,” said Gabrielle Wimer, president of the VP&S Class of 2025. “The ceremony marks our transition into a new phase of medical training and celebrates all that we’ve accomplished thus far together.”

Members of the Class of 2025 shared their class video and read their class oath, which states their values and reaffirms their commitment to medicine and serving underserved populations. 

Alyson Fox, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Nancy Chang, MD, associate professor of medicine, spoke at the event. Dr.  Fox emphasized the importance of building connections with fellow physicians and patients as the students embark on their clerkships.

“You’re entering medicine at a time when technology is at its peak,” said Dr. Fox. “As you enter MCY, I would encourage you to take those moments to put down the technology and be as present as possible. Take the time to get to know your patients, not just their medical history but what makes them the person they are. Empower them and let them know you’re in their corner. If you start doing things like this now, it will become a part of your practice, and you will earn the trust and respect of your patients and colleagues."