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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School welcome more than 300 aspiring physicians at White Coat ceremonies

By: Robin Lally; Photos: Nick Romanenko

Thursday, August 15, 2013

white coats med students 1Medical School students stand and prepare to walk out at White Coat Ceremony held recently at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

'The White Coat Ceremony is a reminder that after all the things you do, the most important thing is to take care of people.' – Robert L. Johnson, dean of New Jersey Medical School

At one of the first celebratory events since acquiring New Jersey’s two medical schools, Rutgers University recognized more than 300 first-year medical students at annual White Coat ceremonies held recently to welcome aspiring physicians to the 2017 class at both Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School.

“You are entering this medical school at a time that is both exciting and historic,” Peter Amenta, a physician and dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,” said to the 134 medical school students who were gathered at the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. “It is going to be up to you, the inaugural class, to define this opportunity.”

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Rutgers Program Encourages Minority Undergrads in Quest to Become Doctors

access med 1 crAccess Med sends 52 students this year to continue education in medical and allied health fields.

access med 2Going premed is a lofty goal for any undergraduate.

But blazing a path to medical school without role models or a road map can leave many underrepresented students feeling overwhelmed and unsure whether their final destination is even attainable.

This year, a Rutgers program dedicated to leveling the playing field for those students is sending off 52 seniors and alumni to continue their education in the medical and allied health fields.

“I like to say Access Med is a diversity pipeline without any leaks,” said Kamal Khan, who has worked in the Office for Diversity and Success in the Sciences, or ODASIS, since its inception in 1986, becoming the associate director in 2004 and director in 2011. Access Med is the core undergraduate program of ODASIS, an academic support unit in the School of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Life Sciences.

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ODASIS Alumnus featured in NJ Monthly's Top Doctors of 2012

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Didier Demesmin, MD

Main Office: 33 Clyde Road Suites 105-106, Somerset, NJ 08873 | Get Directions

Phone: 732-873-6868  |

Additional Office: 2nd Office Monroe NJ 

Specialty: Anesthesiology & Pain Management

License Date: 2005

Years as Top Doctor: 2012, 2011, 2010

Hospital Privileges: St. Peter's University Hospital; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Board Certifications: Anesthesiology; Pain Medicine

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ODASIS Alumnus featured on the Dr. Oz show

Phillip G. Blanc, M.D., M.P.H

He is currently an Emergency Medicine resident physician at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.