NYU Grossman School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2026 to the White Coat Ceremony

nU Grossman University School of Medicine welcomed its newest class of future physicians during its annual White Coat Gala on Thursday, September 29. The ceremony, which took place at the newly renovated Murphy Hall in Manhattan, is a rite of passage for first-year medical school students. Because they are “cloaked” in their first white coat. The ceremony marked the beginning of their formal medical training.

Robert I Grossman, MDdean New York University Grossman School of Medicine NYU CEO Langone Health welcomed the class with a speech that focused on the Beatles’ “long and winding road” and how it’s a great summary of the medical profession.

Explaining that the road to becoming a doctor would be a long and winding one, he reminded the students that medicine is one of the most fulfilling careers an individual can aspire to. “The skills you gain are appreciated, and every day is an intellectual challenge. It all makes work fun and meaningful. You couldn’t ask for a better career,” says Dr. Grossman.

Victoria C. Densel, MDThe ceremony was chaired by the new assistant dean of the school’s students. was the main speaker Eman Osman, MD, Rudolph L. Bayer is a professor of dermatology at Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology Professor in departments medicine And the Urology surgery.

Grossman School of Medicine at New York University Full scholarships Since the historic announcement in the 2018 white coat ceremony, since then, the school has been introduced on the basis of need debt free grants As a supplement to full scholarships to cover the full financial needs of students taking scholarships in lieu of loans. Recently, the school announced this year that it will cover the cost of an individual health insurance plan for all current and future medical students. Since health insurance was originally set to cost about $7,200 for the upcoming school year, this new initiative will save students nearly $30,000 in non-tuition fees over the course of their medical education.

About Batch 2026

There are 105 students in the first year class. The following characteristics are noteworthy:

  • 13 students entered the duplication MD/PhD Program
  • 8 students entered Three-year accelerated MD course
  • 23% of them are underrepresented in medicine
  • Average GPA is 3.96
  • The average MCAT score is 522 (which puts them in the 99th percentile)

Claire Thompson

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Among the first year students is Claire Thompson from Toronto, Canada, who has spent the past two years since graduating playing professional ice hockey and won Olympic gold when the Canadian national ice hockey team won the gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics. She says discipline and hard work And the ability to perform under the pressure required in sports are also qualities I gravitate toward in medicine.

“I’m excited to be at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine and to get to know such a diverse number of patients under the guidance of truly amazing teachers and leaders in their fields,” says Thompson. “Also, the financial aspect of coming to this school—the scholarship is full and they have health insurance coverage now—is such a great and wonderful relief that you don’t even have to think about such a big financial burden that it will be with you for some time.”

Joseph Obiegolo

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Also among the class of 2026 is Joseph Opiagolo of New Jersey, who recently joined the US Air Force as part of the Air National Guard program for early-career physicians. He says the military and medicine provide opportunities to serve others, and he is excited to receive his training at NYU Langone Health.

There is a real sense of positive momentum here. You can feel that we’re always moving forward, in how we teach students, in our research and clinical care,” Obiagolo says. “There are a lot of new ideas and they are being implemented very quickly. It may be easy for successful institutions to rest on their laurels and not push themselves, but the phenomenal rise of NYU School of Medicine shows that we are always pushing ourselves for growth.”

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