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Class of 2007 Recognized at White Coat Ceremony

Published September 2003

At 43, Chuck Pool is the oldest member of the newest class of medical students at UC. On Friday, August 15, Pool, along with his 160 classmates, crossed the stage in Kresge Auditorium to receive their white coats at the College of Medicine's 8th Annual White Coat Ceremony. This celebration marks the beginning of their career in medicine.

"What a wonderfully symbolic ceremony," said Poole. "It was a fitting and solemn ceremony that I hope to remember during the longest days of my residency and future practice."

Pool, a native of Memphis, Tenn., received his bachelor's degree in history from Rhodes College in Memphis. He worked as an orderly, a cast technician, a surgical assistant, and finally, a perfusionist before he knew he was headed to medical school. He believes his maturity to be "advantageous," and now sees medical school as his job.

"What I look forward to most is the clinical phase when application is our focus," said Poole.

Poole has been a student of the self-healing art, qigong, for five years and has found it beneficial to his own physical health. He believes that these therapies, combined with traditional allopathic approaches, may be the future of medicine.

"I'm just thrilled to be here in Cincinnati and attending the UC College of Medicine as a member of the class of 2007," said Poole. "I'm sure I'll question my sanity in the future, but I'll never question my decision to pursue this path."

The 2003 White Coat Ceremony included opening remarks by William Martin II, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine, and a keynote address by Eric Warm, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. Laura Wexler, MD, associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions introduced the members of the entering class. Andrew Filak, MD, associate dean for Medical Education, professor of family medicine, and the recent recipient of the Educator of the Year Award by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, made closing remarks at the ceremony.

You can find out more about the 2003 ceremony in this month's edition of NewsTALK. NewsTALK can be found at

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