A Chance Meeting
I was honored to be asked to write a white coat note as my own White Coat Ceremony was an especially meaningful celebration. I had struggled during the medical school application process and, after two demoralizing rejection cycles over four years, UVM
finally took a chance on me and granted me an acceptance. The white coat ceremony was so special; I still remember reading the Hippocratic oath, fighting back tears, in disbelief that I was on my way to becoming a physician, a goal that seemed intangible
just one year prior. So, writing white coat notes to first year medical students was a small way to relive my wonderful experience. By chance, in 2019, I met the recipient of one of my first white coat notes at a national conference (the American
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting) in Chicago! A fourth-year med student at the time, Alejandra told me that she had held onto my note for the past few years and still kept it with her, which meant the world to me.
- Cordelia Ross M.D.’16