VIDEO: The newest MD class recites one of the oldest oaths

Reaching all the way back to the 5th century before Christ, medical students traditionally recite the Oath of Hippocrates at the beginning of their studies and again when they are awarded the time-honored title of Medical Doctor.

The Incoming Class of 2016 at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) experienced that tradition during their White Coat Ceremony on July 20 at the Kaimuki High School Auditorium. The class is led in the oath by Dr. William Haning, President of the JABSOM Alumni Association.

Here are some quick facts about the Class of 2016:
Here are some other facts about the entering class:

• This will be the first JABSOM class to use I-Pads for all their course work. Our curriculum has been adjusted to incorporate the Apple tablet computer.

• Average student age is 24. Range of ages is 20-33.

• 58 of the 66 are Hawai`i residents.

• The class has a strong neighbor island presence–11 students: eight are from Hawai`i Island, two are from Maui, one is from Kaua`i.

• 83% graduated from Hawai`i high schools (23 public, 32 private).

• The class includes two sets of siblings (brother and sister).

• The public schools with most graduates in the incoming class this year are Waiākea and Roosevelt, with 3 each.

• Fourteen of the 66 have advanced degrees, including 13 holders of Master’s degrees and a PhD.

• 16 attended the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa for their undergraduate studies.

• 61% of the incoming students are women