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Ryan Eaton and Family.jpg"Ive been looking forward to receiving my white coat ever since I was accepted at the College of Medicine," says Ryan Eaton, Med 1, who completed his undergraduate degree at Ohio State.

Although he recalls donning scrubs one Halloween as a small child, it wasn't until later that the first inkling of following in his family's footsteps at The Ohio State University College of Medicine began to take shape. As a biomedical engineering major, Ryan volunteered in Brazil and later in Peru with MEDLIFE, a student organization at Ohio State that provides medical, educational and community development assistance overseas.

"It was during those experiences that I realized what a strong impact good public health programs have on populations - and the difference access to medical care can make in individual lives," says Ryan, noting that he would have chosen the College- for the opportunities it provides to serve underserved populations, both in Columbus and globally - even if his parents had studied elsewhere.

Ryan will be the fourth-generation physician in his family and the third generation to be educated and trained at the College. His parents, Mary Alton and Gregory Eaton, members of the Class of 1986 and sponsors of their son's white coat, spent 11 years on faculty here before joining OhioHealth's cardiology practice in Mansfield, Ohio. There, Dr. Eaton is an interventional cardiologist. His grandmother, Antoinette Eaton, MD, has practiced at Nationwide Children's Hospital for 50 year and was the first woman president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We're so proud to see Ryan receive his white coat - the first step on a long journey," says Dr. Eaton, adding they are proud of their daughters as well: Marie is studying at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business and Tara is an English major, also at Ohio State.

Dr. Alton notes, "We've always encouraged our children to choose a career where they can leave a person or place better off than before. We are delighted that Ryan is at our alma mater where the standards are very high, and where we were taught the importance of lifelong learning. We know that Ryan will have the same great experience at Ohio State that will serve him well throughout his career," she adds.