10th Annual White Coats-4-Care scholarship fundraiser welcomes class of 2024


Staff report

The 10th Annual White Coats-4-Care is going virtual.

Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine’s principal scholarship fundraising event will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7.

The event will welcome the college’s 64 medical students that will make up the incoming class of 2024 and celebrate the donors who are helping provide financial scholarships.

Chosen from more than 3,750 applicants, the class of future physicians will virtually don their first white coats and take the Schmidt College of Medicine Oath/Code of Conduct that they as a class authored. The White Coat represents integrity, compassion and trust, and symbolizes their commitment to serve patients.

Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions Stuart L. Markowitz, M.D. will welcome donors and students; Phillip M. Boiselle, M.D. will give opening remarks; Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Sarah K. Wood, M.D. and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Jennifer W. Caceres, M.D., F.A.C.P. will share insights. This will be followed by the coveted presentation of the White Coats by Dr. Caceres and Dr. Markowitz.

This year’s keynote speaker is Damon Tweedy, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine.

Scholarship funds raised by White Coats-4-Care provide need-based financial support for students who do not have the financial means to pay full tuition and give merit-based support to recognize their achievements. 100 percent of donations go toward scholarships. The scholarships give students the ability to choose a career path in primary care – internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine – in which salaries are lower than other medical specialties. To date the annual initiative has raised more than $600,000 since its inception, resulting in dressing and equipping more than 550 medical students.