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Greenbush native first year medical student received white coat

Behm, Benita

A 2012 Greenbush-Middle River graduate and Greenbush native, Benita Behm, smiling, wears the white coat she received from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. (photo by Derek Montgomery Photography)

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career Benita Behm of Greenbush, Minn., received her white coat marking the entering of medical school.  In total, 60 first year medical students received their white coats on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. The ceremony signified the responsibilities and obligations of the physicians who wear the white coat and the importance of embracing compassion and character along with knowledge of science and medicine.

The event included speakers, a Native Drum Ceremony and capped off with the students receiving their White Coats and stethoscopes. Students recited the Oath for Medical Students, a form of the Hippocratic Oath dedicating themselves to the practice of medicine and the humanistic care of patients. Families of the students, local-area physicians and alumni attended the event.

A 2012 Greenbush-Middle River High School graduate, Behm is the daughter of Dale and Mary Novacek of Greenbush.

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