Dumdie takes part in white coat ceremony
Selby native Jennifer Dumdie was among 125 medical students to participate in the white coat ceremony of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, at La Jolla, Calif., on Aug. 30.
Jennifer is the daughter of Deb Dumdie and Robbie Dumdie of Selby.
In the white coat ceremony, incoming medical students are welcomed into the medical community in the presence of family, friends, and faculty members. Entering students were fitted with their first white coats and took their first step towards the responsibility of a physician by reciting the Oath of Hippocrates.
Jennifer competed with 6,600 students to earn one of six spots in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCSD. This is a program sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and includes full scholarship. Programs like this at 43 medical schools across the nation were established to train students as physician scientists competent in basic science, as well as clinical research. This means that Jennifer is currently embarking on an eight-year journey in which she will acquire both an M.D. and a Ph.D. Currently, her interests lie in the newly-established field of oncofertility, an area of medicine that bridges oncology and reproductive research to explore and expand options for the reproductive future of young cancer survivors.