White Coat Society Provides Opportunities to Shadow Physicians
The White Coat Society, an organization focused on meeting the needs of the University of Miami’s premedical community, recently announced the 25 participants selected for its 2015-16 shadowing program. Founded by third-year M.D. student Brianna DeSouza in 2011 while a UM undergraduate, the White Coat Society has a goal of promoting diversity in the medical field. Providing shadowing opportunities to underrepresented students is an important part of meeting that goal.
Participating physicians include Stephen N. Symes, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Stefanie R. Brown, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, and Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. Each partnering physician, who makes a one-year commitment to the program, serves two roles. First, they act as a teacher, instructing students in how to obtain a patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. Second, they act as a mentor and provide insight into the medical profession and advice on pursuing a career in medicine.
This year, the White Coat Society leadership includes University of Miami MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students) Executive Board members Tessa Gibson, Claudia Wong, Allison Chin, Kaina Louis-Charles, David Lin, Jermaine Wells and Noel Mengistie. The Society is also expanding its medical network to include physicians outside UHealth. Selected students will have the opportunity to shadow specialists in private care and in clinics thanks to a partnership with J.W. Bridges Medical Society of South Florida under the leadership of Anthony Hall, M.D.
“We are building upon a great foundation with the assistance and collaboration of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, MAPS, the Student National Medical Association and the J.W. Bridges Medical Society,” said DeSouza.
Students wishing to be considered for participation for the 2016-17 class must complete an application and be interviewed by the selection committee, which is composed of current medical students and advisors.