FAU Welcomes Med Students with White Coats
For some, it's coming soon, for others, it's already here: Back-to-school time.
At Florida Atlantic University, a new class of aspiring doctors is ready to take on, and change, the world.
CBS12 was there for the beginning of this journey, and it's coming at a critical time in the country.
The medical community predicts a massive doctor shortage just eight years from now. But 64 medical students at FAU can be seen as symbols of hope, in white.
They received white coats Friday afternoon in a ceremony that symbolizes the beginning of their education and careers.
"You need to be caring, you need to be a good listener, you need to be compassionate towards your patients," said Kyle Williams.
Williams is from Port St. Lucie. He played basketball at John Carroll Catholic High School in Fort Pierce.
One time, after a slamdunk, he fell and hurt his right leg.
"It was never really the same," Williams said.
That injury actually inspired him, and he now wants to work with athletes-- Williams is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery.
Williams knows that by pursuing the medical profession, he is defying a grim prediction-- that patients and their needs are growing in numbers-- but doctors will be harder and harder to come by.
By 2025, The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a shortfall of between 46,000 and 90,000 doctors.
William hopes to have an established practice by 2025.
More than 3,000 students applied to the program to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, but only 64 were selected.
"And it feels surreal, it's a day I've been waiting for for a long time," Williams said.