N.The YU Grossman School of Medicine welcomed its newest class of future physicians at its annual White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, September 29. The ceremony, held at Manhattan’s newly renovated Murphy Auditorium, is a rite of passage for first-year medical students. Because they are “covered” by the first white coat. The ceremony marks the beginning of their formal medical training.
Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and CEO of NYU Langone Health, welcomed the class with a speech focused on The Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road” and how it Described what is a great career overview. medicine.
He explained that the path to becoming a doctor is long and winding, and reminded students that medicine is one of the most fulfilling careers an individual can pursue. “The skills you have are respected and every day presents an intellectual challenge. All of these things make the job interesting and meaningful. There is no better profession,” he says Grossman. says Dr.
The school’s new Associate Dean, Victoria C. Dinsel, M.D., presided over the ceremony. The keynote speaker was Iman Osman, MD, Rudolf L. Baer Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Medicine and Urology, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology.
The NYU Grossman School of Medicine has offered full-tuition scholarships since its groundbreaking announcement at the 2018 White Court Ceremony. Since then, the school has introduced a Debt-Free Scholarship on a Needed basis as a complement to the Full Tuition Scholarship to fully cover the financial needs of students with scholarships instead of loans. Most recently, the school announced that it will cover the cost of individual health insurance plans for all current and future medical students this year. Health insurance was originally scheduled to cost about $7,200 for the next academic year, but this new initiative will save students about $30,000 in non-tuition costs over the course of their medical education.
About the 2026 class
105 first-year students. Notice the following features:
- 13 students enrolled in MD/PhD dual program
- 8 students participated in the Accelerated 3-Year MD Pathway
- 23% believe they are underrepresented in healthcare
- Median GPA is 3.96
- The median MCAT score is 522 (located in the 99th percentile).
Among the freshmen is Claire Thompson from Toronto, Canada. She spent her final two years after her graduation playing professional ice hockey and became an Olympic gold medalist when the Canadian women’s ice hockey team won gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics. . She says the discipline, hard work and her ability to perform under pressure that the sport requires are also qualities she’s drawn to in medicine.
“I am thrilled to be at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine to be exposed to such a diverse patient population under the supervision of some truly amazing educators and leaders in their fields,” said Thompson. “Also, the financial aspect of coming to this school – full tuition scholarships and now covered by health insurance – is very reassuring and a big economy that seems to be with you for quite some time. It’s great that we don’t even have to consider the financial burden.”
Also included in the 2026 class is Joseph Obiajur from New Jersey. He recently joined the United States Air Force as part of the Air National Guard program for his early career physicians. He said the military and healthcare provide opportunities to serve others and he is excited to be training at NYU Langone Health.
“There’s really positive momentum here. You can always feel we’re making progress in the way we educate our students, in research and clinical care,” says Obiajulu. “There are so many new ideas and they are implemented very quickly. Grossman School of Medicine’s exponential growth shows that we are always striving to grow.”