The Ohio State University College of Medicine welcomed first-year medical students during its 72nd White Coat Ceremony. It is a convocation that commemorates their official entrance into the medical profession and kicks off a week of orientation activities. Students were joined by their families and greeted by the College of Medicine deans as they put on their white coats. Dean K. Craig Kent, MD, reflected on his personal experiences of transitioning from “pre-med” to “med” and reminded the new medical students that they are about to embark on one of the most amazing journeys of their lives.
This year’s entering class of 2022 consists of 202 students who were chosen out of 7,226 applicants. The average cumulative undergraduate grade point average is 3.74, while the average Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) composite score is 514 (90th percentile).
Of the incoming students, 53 percent hail from Ohio, while 47 percent represent states around the country. Women account for 52 percent of this class, while men account for the remaining 48 percent. Twenty-four percent of the new entrants are underrepresented in medicine minorities.
Quinn Capers, MD, associate dean for admissions at the College of Medicine, remarks, “This year’s entering class makes 5 years in a row in which women outnumber men in our entering class. This is not an accident.” The representation of women in this year’s class profile is consistent across all medical schools. In 2017, women outnumbered men in their entering class for the first time in U.S. history.
Also included in this year’s class were 10 members of the Medical Scientist Training Program, two who have chosen the newly-created 3-Year Primary Care Track and 15 who are entering medical school through the MEDPATH program, designed to help underserved students who are determined to give back to their communities.
Learn more about the incoming class of 2022 here.