The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) welcomed 64 first-year medical students with a white coat at Jump Simulation.

Many of these students will become future central Illinois physicians since nearly 60 percent of the primary care physicians in the Peoria area attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine as a medical student or trained in a residency or fellowship program here.

The white coat presented to medical students symbolizes the responsibilities of the medical profession. “Presenting our students with their white coat is a symbolic and memorable way to welcome our newest members of the UICOMP family,” says Meenakshy Aiyer, MD, UICOMP interim regional dean. “Our Peoria Medical Alumni Council sponsors this event and provides the white coats for our students which makes it particularly meaningful as Peoria physicians welcome the next generation, not just to the College family but also into the noble profession of medicine.”

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