Engineering Medicine (EnMed) held its first White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2025 in its new facility at Innovation Plaza on Monday, July 19. The ceremony took place on the building’s 17th floor, offering panoramic views of the Texas Medical Center and beyond from more than 200 feet in the air.
“Today, I’m proud to say that we have expanded the richness of the medical education experience at Texas A&M University by adding our third and largest cohort of EnMed students,” said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, executive dean at EnMed. “Our goal is to help improve health care through a focus on both learning medicine and inventing solutions to medical challenges. Those trained in this blended way, we call physicianeers.”
At the ceremony, EnMed students received their first white coats, the most common symbol of the medical profession for more than a century. The annual event encourages new medical students to begin their education by upholding the highest values and standards of their profession.
Pettigrew was joined by leaders from the Texas A&M College of Medicine, the Texas A&M College of Engineering and Houston Methodist in welcoming the new class.
The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Alan Lumsden, Walter W. Fondren III Presidential Distinguished Chair at the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, and chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Houston Methodist.
EnMed’s class of 2025 consists of 49 students. Of the class, 40% are female, 32% are from out of state and the average GPA is 3.75.