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"Oh this is very exciting," said medical student David Fields.

Its a tradition these U.T. Health Medical students will always remember.

Their white coat ceremony.

\ "It really starts the beginning of their medical school training," said Dr. Latanya Love.

For Luis Palomino becoming a doctor is a second career.

The native of Peru spent 4 years as a registered nurse.

"One of the doctors there mentored me to become a physician," Palomino said.

These 240 doctor hopefuls will be doing their medical training as the country's medical landscape changes with Obamacare.

"What this means for how medical care is paid for, how physicians are paid that remains to be seen," said Dr. Henry Strobel.

"I'm excited to see how it unfolds cause the field of medicine is rapidly changing and evolving," said medical student Devin Greene.

Greene isn't worried about how much money he'll make by becoming a doctor.

"I'm not in medicine for the money," Greene said. "I'm in medicine cause I genuinely want to help people."

All the students we talked to didn't seem to worry about what the profession holds for them financially.

"Certainly this generation of doctors are going to be directly effected by the new health care changes because they will be the ones practicing under these new health care changes," Love said.

"It's a very special day for me," said Palomino.

Donning a white coat and taking the hypocratic oath aren't the only things Palomino will remember about this night.

He's also seeing his father for the first time in 18 years.

 

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