The white coat syndrome can be a real turnoff for those who are squeamish at the doctor's office. But that white coat is a symbol of accomplishment for those who are beginning clinical training for a career in medicine.
Members of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center's class of 2016 slipped into those traditional white coats Friday. The incoming class includes 28 undergrads from Texas Tech 38 from the University of Texas, and others from top universities like MIT and Harvard.
TTUHSC Executive Vice President Steven Berk told the students, "Today we're celebrating our new group of medical students, our new group of 150 medical students, probably the best qualified class we've ever had here in the history of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center."
The white coat has been the visual hallmark of physicians since the 19th century.