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The Path to Medicine

As the white coat slipped over Charlotte Gopinath’s shoulders, she took the first step toward becoming a doctor; with the support of her husband and daughters, it’s a path she won’t embark on alone.

Charlotte Gopinath

“It will be a wonderful journey for us as a family,” Gopinath said at the White Coat and Honor Code Ceremony in August.

When receiving their white coats, the 183 members of the MD Class of 2021 stepped onto the stage in Lisner Auditorium not only to cheers from their friends and family, but also with the encouragement of their new GW family.

Keynote speaker Jehan “Gigi” El-Bayoumi, MD, RESD ’88, professor of medicine at SMHS and founding director of the Rodham Institute, told the students to always practice acceptance. “A word from a physician or medical student can be the difference between night and day [for patients],” she said.