College of Medicine welcomes its newest and largest class

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Class of 2019

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Class of 2019

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine officially welcomed its newest class this past week.

At the annual White Coat Ceremony held at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 7, students who comprise the Class of 2019 received their first white coats and stethoscopes – symbols of what keynote speaker and Associate Dean for Community Engagement Dr. Joe Greer called “the greatest profession.”

Greer, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient for his work with the homeless and underprivileged gave the new students some pretty tough marching orders, saying they had four years “to save the world.

At 123 students, this is the college’s largest class to date and thanks to a pipeline program dedicated to recruiting talent from within, it boasts 37 FIU grads; that’s the largest number of Panthers to don the white coat in a single class since the College of Medicine accepted its first students in 2009.

Here’s the HWCOM Class of 2019 at a glance: