Well now I actually look like I know what I'm doing. We got our white coats this weekend! Throw my stethoscope around my neck and I could fool some people :) There was a nice ceremony at my school in which we received our coats and that was followed by an open house.
For those that don't know, students get short white coats and once you actually become a physician you'll get a long white coat. So next time you're in the hospital or at the doctor's office, you can tell the two apart and hopefully you won't give the student physician such a hard time :)
I won't have a lot of direct patient contact until my 3rd year. I'll mostly wear my white coat during my standardized patient assignments and a few shadowing opportunities. Until then my coat will mostly hang in my closet, but the symbol of receiving my white coat makes this whole experience sink in a little more.
And J was so sweet to have a beautiful bouquet of roses waiting for me at home for my accomplishments.