On October 2, 2013, Einstein's Alumni Association hosted its eighth annual Scrubs Day Ceremony, along with Dr. Todd Olson and Dr. Sherry Downie, who lead the gross anatomy course for first-year medical students. In addition to introducing students to their anatomy class lab partners, the ceremony serves to connect them with the alumni who came before them — many of whom donate the scrubs students wear during their course.
Dr. Jack Stern, class of 1974, issued the event's opening remarks, noting that when he was a student, there was no ceremony held to mark this significant milestone in students' medical careers, and that he was happy to be a part of it every year. The students then heard from Dr. Harris Goldstein, class of 1980, who is associate dean for scientific resources at Einstein, as well as professor of pediatrics and of microbiology & immunology, and the Charles Michael Chair in Autoimmune Diseases. It was Dr. Goldstein who suggested that students be presented with what he calls "combat clothes for a physician"; the annual Scrubs Ceremony evolved from that idea.
Dr. Goldstein stressed that the clothes and the person wearing them complete each other and that respect for the physician's white coat — which first-year students received during an earlier "On Becoming a Physician" ceremony — is earned through first wearing scrubs.
Next, Dr. Raja Flores, class of 1992, reminded the students that it is a privilege to work with cadavers. "Treat your cadaver with respect and imagine the person inside," he said. He also cautioned students to rid themselves of arrogance, explaining, "Arrogance prevents the ability to learn from one's mistakes, diminishes teamwork and is a patient's worst enemy."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Olson announced the various teams of anatomy lab partners, peer advisors and clinical advisors for the course. Students were then presented with their scrubs, along with the name of their cadaver donor — a further reminder of the need for humility as they proceed with their development as future physicians.
Following in a Giant's Footsteps
Monday, September 15, 2014
Addressing Vision Issues in Flushing
Friday, September 05, 2014
A Day at the Zoo Offers Opportunity for Teens and Families to Connect
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Exhibit Recounts Stories of Injuries and Medical Care during Civil War
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
PREP Scholars Gain Critical Experience toward Pursuit of Higher Education
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
AECC Advances 2014: Fostering Collaborations
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Giving Thanks for Service and Support
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Pipeline Program Offers Opportunities for Academic Excellence
Monday, August 04, 2014
Summer Research Programs Expand Student Horizons
Friday, July 25, 2014
Supporting Research on the Biology of Aging
Friday, July 18, 2014