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Georgetown Med 2014: A Football Player and a Dad

August 11, 2010 – A former Notre Dame football player interested in orthopedics and a new dad are among the School of Medicine’s Class of 2014, which had its traditional White Coat Ceremony Aug 6.

The annual rite of passage marks a medical student’s transition to a clinical health science education.

Michael Narvaez (M’14), graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he played football. He was happy to hear from one the main speakers at the ceremony, professor emeritus of medicine Donald M. Knowlan, who once served as attending physician for the Washington Redskins.

Stephen Ray Mitchell, dean for medical education, also spoke at the ceremony.

“Despite everything you hear about health care reform and other obstacles, this is still the greatest career at the greatest time,” Knowlan said. “No one has had a greater opportunity or a better chance at medicine than the Class of 2014.”

Narvaez agreed.

“This is a really exciting time to enter medical school,” he said. “I’m looking forward to starting my medical career at Georgetown.”

Baby Steps

According to Mitchell, this year is first time ever that a student has been absent from the White Coat Ceremony.

Bradley Petty (M’14) was unable to attend because he was attending the birth of his baby.

Narvaez and Petty are two of the 196 members of the class of 2014, which has 91 women and 105 men. He and the rest of the class received their white coats from mentors within the medical community who helped shape the students’ chosen career path.

The ceremony encourages students to show compassion toward their patients, and to lead an honorable and upstanding life.

Georgetown is one of more than 100 medical schools in the United States participating in the White Coat Ceremony this year.

Following the ceremony, a reception sponsored by the Parents Council was held to honor the new medical students.

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