PEORIA, Ill. -- The University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, welcomed more than four dozen future doctors to their medical program during a white coat ceremony on Friday.
"Oh my gosh, When they put it on, I thought it was just gonna be something that I would just blow off. But this coat feels good," said Rollin George, a UICOMP student.
Members of the UICOMP family call the white coat a symbol of the profession and the commitment that the medical students are making to it.
"And really asking them to look up to the key attributes that the profession upholds. That is their quest for knowledge, lifelong learning, compassion, and integrity," said Meemakshay Ayea, UICOMP Associate Dean.
More than 50 medical students received their white coats Friday, and according to national statistics, about 50 percent of them will practice in the Peoria area after graduation.