Area medical students have ‘white coat’ ceremony

Aug 8, 2014

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria welcomed 59 new students Friday. The incoming medical students donned white doctor coats that symbolize a student's path to eventually taking care of patients. Dr. Sara Rusch is the Regional Dean for the College of Medicine. She says the ceremony also stresses a need for more doctors in the region and across the nation:

 “Peoria’s located in an area where we expect to see progressive shortages, particularly in many of our surrounding communities. So one of our goals is to help prepare our students to have career interests that will match into the needs of our community and needs of Illinois.”

 By 2020 the country will likely see a shortage of 90,000 primary care physicians, surgeons and other specialists. 60-percent of the primary care physicians in the Peoria-area attended the U of I College of Medicine Peoria Campus or are trained in a program sponsored by the school.