Monmouth Medical Center Physician Delivers Keynote Address at Quinnipiac University’s First-Ever White Coat Ceremony
Jessica Israel, M.D., chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine and medical director of the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, recently delivered the keynote address at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter, M.D. School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony.
During the historic event, which officially welcomed the University’s first class of medical students, each member of the Class of 2017 was cloaked with a physician’s white coat and given a stethoscope – symbols of the connection between the physician and patient.
The ceremony emphasized the importance of compassionate care for patients as well as achieving the scientific proficiency in medicine. As the keynote speaker, Dr. Israel shared with the future doctors the lessons she has learned over the years, many of which originated from her patients.
“Life isn’t all perfect and pretty; sometimes it’s messy and beautiful all at the same time,” said Dr. Israel. “This is the biggest gift in medicine. You are going to learn a lot about disease and cures, but you’re also going to learn a lot about yourself. Today you are going to put on your white coat, and in many ways, you are never going to take it off.”
Although Dr. Israel only wore her white coat for two weeks, she explained that her experiences in the field have created a “virtual coat” she wears every day. “Take what they teach you about medicine and about yourself and weave it into the fabric of your coat,” she said. “The coat you’re getting today will be with you the rest of your life.”
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PHOTO: Jessica Israel, M.D., chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine and medical director of the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Monmouth Medical Center, delivered the keynote address at Quinnipiac University’s first-ever White Coat Ceremony, which welcomed medical students from the Class of 2017.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.