The medical class of 2015 experienced a right of passage on Monday, January 23, 2012 as each student received their first stethoscopes. President of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, Frank Tursi, D.O, was on hand to present these first year medical students with their stethoscopes and evoke some words of wisdom as they continue their medical education.
“A stethoscope is more than just a medical instrument, it shows a sign of confidence to a patient, it opens up the medical doors and displays a sign of responsibility” said Tursi, D.O. To a student, this is their first step into transitioning to becoming a full-fledged physician. Not only is this an instrument needed for their future courses, but also it’s a symbol to remind a student why they want to become a physician and helps give the feeling of being a doctor. A stethoscope helps to remind a student to treat a patient with care and compassion and that it is just as important to pay attention to not only what you see, but to what you hear as well.