With friends and family looking on, the UMKC School of Medicine welcomed a class of 119 first-year medical students on Aug. 19 during the annual Year 1 InDoctrination Ceremony at Pierson Auditorium.
The mid-morning event marked the first step of the students’ six-year journey to earning their medical degrees at the School of Medicine.
Steve Waldman, M.D., ’77, clinical professor of anesthesiology and medical humanities and father of one of the members of this year’s incoming class, provided words of encouragement and inspiration as the keynote speaker.
Denesh Ratnasingam, MS 2, received the annual Richard T. Garcia Memorial Award given to a Year 2 student who displays outstanding leadership skills, compassion toward his or her fellow students, and outstanding academic performance throughout Year 1.
George Harris, M.D., assistant dean for Years 1 and 2 medicine, introduced the members of the class by their docent units. The class then listened to a reading of the Oath of Physicians, an oath that the class will recite together on graduation day.