College of Medicine – Tucson medical students to receive white coats



What: White Coat Ceremonies for Incoming Students at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
• Ceremony of the white coats of the 2025 class, on Friday July 23, 2021 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Parking, seating and other general information here.
• White coat ceremony for the 2024 class, Friday August 13, 2021 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Parking, seating and other general information here.
Or: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., Tucson and broadcast live at

About 120 University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students from each of the 2025 and 2024 classes will participate in the white coat ceremonies that will be held in person with faculty, family and friends in the coming weeks at Arizona’s Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

This milestone underlines the recognition of the entry of medical students into clinical medicine with their first white doctor’s coat, the dress of their future profession. Incoming students of the 2025 class receive theirs in a ceremony on July 23. Students in class 2024, who missed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are entering their second year of medical school, will receive theirs in a ceremony on August 13. Each event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to host an in-person white coat ceremony for the new class of 2025 due to the efforts of our community, our healthcare system and the high immunization rates among our students, administration and staff. “, said Kevin Moynahan, MD, associate dean of education at the college and professor of medicine. “I congratulate the class of 2024 for their resilience over the past year. I’m sure the delay will make their late ceremony even more meaningful. ”

Guest speakers

The guest speaker for the July 23 event will graduate from the class of 2009 Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, endocrine surgeon and general practitioner at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Originally from Mexico City, she is a founding member of the Latino Surgical Society.

For the event of August 13, the speakers will be former students of the class of 1999 Bert Vargas, MD. A native of Tucson and a specialist in sports neuroscience and concussion, Dr. Vargas has worked with the NFL as well as NASCAR as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant. He is a US Air Force veteran, serving with distinction as an Flight Surgeon in combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Below are some of the awesome students taking part in the 2025 class:

Coco Tirambulo, Class of 2025 student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson (Courtesy Coco Tirambulo)

Adam carl grew up in Flagstaff and spent much of his childhood, winter and summer vacations with his grandmother, a member of the Hopi tribe. She suffered from diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease, and died when he was 8 years old. In high school, he began volunteering for the First Mesa Hopi Healthcare Center in Polacca, Arizona. He notes that there are only four Hopi Doctors in the United States and he aims to be the fifth. He received his BA in Physiology and Biochemistry from UArizona, winning a number of awards including the Bahti Award for Outstanding Graduate and Participant in the UArizona Health Sciences’ Summer exhibit of Latinos and cross-border Native Americans looking (BLAISER). Currently, he is completing his master’s thesis for an accelerated degree in Environmental Health Sciences on the impact of arsenic exposures on tribal lands. He won an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Tribal Nations Scholarship, and Outstanding Public Health Student Award to further his education for this purpose.

Born in Mesa Davina Dobbins, MPH, received a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Arizona, holds graduate certificates in science communication and college education, and recently completed the Dual degree program MBA / MPH. His MBA / MPH projects included improving IT integration at Banner Health, creating a service demand forecasting model at the Arizona Division of Aging and Adult Services, and an evaluation of the Stock program. State Inhaler for Schools for the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center. Last summer, funded by a grant from Sigma Xi, she also launched an Instagram campaign to debunk myths about COVID-19 and in January she started volunteering for WORKship / Z Mansion, a local organization that helps the homeless. As a Wildcat, she volunteered for Student Alumni Ambassadors, Wildcat Corps / Americorps, and the MBA Students Association. And she was part of the Charles Darwin Experience, a local improv comedy troupe.

Davina Dobbins, Class of 2025 student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson (Courtesy Davina Dobbins)

From Scottsdale, Madison Newman was inspired at the age of 8 to study medicine when she saw Body Worlds – a traveling exhibition of dissected human bodies, animals, and other anatomical structures preserved through a plastination process – at the Phoenix Art Museum . A graduate of the UArizona Honors College, she recently completed her BA in Physiology and is an inaugural member of the Honors Early Assurance Program (HEAP), which rewards students for early admission to College of Medicine – Tucson after their first year. In HEAP, she did research in the laboratory of Michael Kuhns, PhD, studying T cells and immunology, but when the pandemic restricted access to the lab, his doctoral thesis was devoted to diabetes in the homeless, working with Patricia Lebensohn, MD, family doctor and medical director of the Underserved Commitment Program (UPC), at the Sister José Women’s Center.

native of Tucson Coco Tirambulo, MPH, is a first generation Filipino-American whose parents arrived here 30 years ago to flee the guerrillas and who now owns three adult care facilities. She is enrolled in college MD / PhD double degree program and hopes to be a physician-researcher whose research in geriatrics and healthy aging complements her profession of elder care. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Brandeis University near Boston. Returning to Tucson, she worked with the UArizona Center on Aging and Biomedical Engineering Department at the College of Engineering, studying frailty syndrome and associated biomechanics. She then obtained a Masters of Public Health from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Subsequently, she joined the College of Medicine – Tucson’s Premedical Admission Route Program (P-MAP), and is completing a master’s thesis in cellular and molecular medicine, focusing his research on Parkinson’s disease.

Madison Newman, Class of 2025 student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson (Courtesy of Madison Newman)

The class of 2025 is 55% female and 45% male, with ages ranging from 21 to 38. Arizona residents make up 84% of the class, including 17 from Tucson. Forty-two are under-represented minorities, 35 identify as disadvantaged and 29 students come from a rural education.

The 2021 White Coat events will be the 26th and 27th Ceremonies at the College of Medicine – Tucson. The first took place in 1995 and has been a tradition for new medical students in Arizona since then.

A “Humanism in Medicine” pin, provided by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which established the first white coat ceremony in 1993 at Columbia University in New York, will be affixed to each coat. “By establishing this meaningful ritual early in medical school, students become aware of their responsibilities from the first day of training,” according to the foundation, established in 1989 to promote humanism and compassionate care in medicine.



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