Updated 08/07/2012 06:15 PM
Medical students receive their white coats
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Those are the newest students at Albany Medical College reciting the Hippocratic Oath.
A total of 140 new medical students received their white coats for the first time Tuesday. Wearing the coats marks their entry not only into school, but into the medical community.
The students were selected from a total of 9,000 applicants and they will face a variety of challenges as they enter the medical field.
“Medicine is changing dramatically and the primary care that needs to be given is going to be dramatically different. But I think the biggest change is that instead of being autonomous, they're going to be working together in teams to take care of the public and I think that's going to be a positive change for the public,” said Dr. Henry Phil, Vice Dean of Albany Medical College.
Twenty-three states are represented by this year's incoming class, including 48 students from New York State and eight from right here in the Capital Region.