UTMB Traditions

  1. Quest since 1988
    Quest is the annual new student welcome for all students sponsored by the Office of the Presidentat UTMB. It is not an orientation program but a unique Galveston tradition to induct students quickly into the UTMB world of friends, colleagues and faculty. Quest is hosted by students from the four schools at UTMB and is coordinatedby the Office of Student Life in conjunction with the QUEST Student Planning Committee.

  2. White Coat Ceremonies since 1996
    The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage for first-year medical students and a demonstration of the pride and tradition associated with becoming a physician. During the ceremony, new medical students pledge to always do their best for their patients. The white coats they receive are an outward sign of their commitment to compassion and excellence as well as their entry into medical school. UTMB began its own tradition in 1996, adding the honors and awards element to the event to recognize faculty and current students for their achievements.

  3. SON Pinning Ceremonies
    SON Graduation includes a pinning ceremony. The pin worn by the graduates symbolizes the students’ allegiance and pride for their school.

  4. “The Eyes of Texas” Song
    “The Eyes of Texas”
    "The Eyes of Texas" is the official Alma Mater of the University of Texas. It was written in 1903 by John Sinclair, in honor of then President Prather. UTMB students sing the alma mater at commencement ceremonies. Lyrics are as follows:

    The eyes of Texas are upon you,
    All the live long day.
    The eyes of Texas are upon you,
    You cannot get away.
    Do not think you can escape them,
    At night, or early in the morn’.
    The eyes of Texas are upon you,
    'Till Gabriel blows his horn!

  5.  “UT(MB) stops for no Storm!”
    In September 1900 a powerful hurricane devastated the upper Texas coast. In the storm’s aftermath Board of Regents Chairman Bryan decreed via telegram to the Galveston campus that it would still open and begin classes because “The University of Texas stops for no storm” These words have evolved into a motto and rallying cry for UTMB that recognizes the strength and dedication of the community.

  6. “Old Red” The Ashbel Smith Building
    Completed in 1891, the Ashbel Smith Building housed the entire medical school when it first opened. It is named for a prominent Texas physician and statesman who played a major role in the establishment of both the University of Texas in Austin and the Medical Department in Galveston. Smith also served as the first chairman of the Board of Regents. Recognized for its ornate, Romanesque style, the building is known affectionately today as “Old Red” because of its ruddy exterior of red pressed brick from south Harris County’s Cedar Bayou area, red Texas granite columns, and sandstone capitals and ornamentation.

  7. McGovern Hall of Medical History (statues)
    The John P. McGovern Hall of Medical History includes twelve statues of outstanding individuals who made significant contributions to the development of medicine and science. Featured here are the statues of Imhotep, Hippocrates, Lister, Pasteur, and Curie. The McGovern Hall is located in “Old Red”.

  8. Arthur Williams Sculpture “Birth”

    Constructed of welded and pressed steel, the sculpture “Birth” was created by artist Arthur Williams of Abilene, Texas, through the Sol Del Rio Gallery in San Antonio. Funded through private gifts, the sculpture was created in 1987. All parts are sealed and finished with a heavy coating of urethane lacquer to protect them from Galveston’s salt air.

  9. All Sports Day
    All Sports Day is the UTMB version of the Olympics, only more fun and a little less media hype. It happens annually and includes competition in softball, basketball, flag football, swimming, soccer, tennis etc. Teams and individuals compete for the coveted "championship t-shirt" awarded to the winners. The Student Government Association sponsors ASD.

  10. Medical Fraternities
    UTMB professional medical fraternities include Alpha Kappa Kappa (AKK), Phi Rho Sigma, Phi Chi, and Phi Beta Pi. The fraternities provide fraternal bonding and meeting grounds for students with common interests and goals. Membership offers benefits ranging from very affordable housing and meal plans with closely knit fraternal association providing educational, personal, social and professional relationship available through one's lifetime.

  11. AMWA Weekend
    Is an annual weekend of activities for new Medical Students sponsored by the Student American Medical Women’s Association. It is held in the summer before school starts. AMWA weekend introduces students to campus and builds new friendships before classes actually begin.

  12. Match Day
    Match Day is the annual rite of passage that is a national event that links graduating medical students to training positions at teaching hospitals across the country. It produces keen competition among medical students for the most coveted and prestigious residency programs. In past years, UTMB students have beat out the national average of students who were chosen by one of their top three picks.

  13. Honor Pledge (5 years)

    On my honor, as a member of the UTMB community, I pledge to act with integrity,compassion and respect in all my academic and professional endeavors.

    This pledge was created by UTMB students. These expectations are part of the professional academic evaluation of students in all courses and serve as a capstone to the UTMB Honor Policy (Conduct and Discipline Policy) and other codes and statement of principles of the UTMB Schools. The honor pledge is taken each year by new students are orientation.

  14. TGIFs
    Are quarterly socials hosted by Student Government Association and UTMB Student Organizations? They are open to all students and provide some fun, food and libations. These socials are a long standing activity that bring students and faculty together for some crucial “downtime”.

  15. “ Here for the Health of Texas”
    “Here for the Health of Texas” is UTMB’s tag line. The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) opened its doors to the first patient in 1891 with a commitment to provide the very best medical services to the people of Texas. More than a century later, we remain committed to the health and well-being of all Texans. It expresses the fact that UTMB during its 100 years plus has been providing health care to the underserved of Texas. You will here this quoted often.

  16. Classical Concerts (20 years)
    The UTMB-TAMUG Classical Concert Series presents free concerts to the UTMB community from September through November, and from February through July every year.

  17. St. Vincent’s Student Free Clinic (17 years)

    St. Vincent's Clinic. Our neighborhood student-run free clinic was created by two medical students who saw the need to help the Galveston Community. The clinic is part of St. Vincent’s House a comprehensive community outreach organization. Today St. Vincent’s Clinic is staffed by students from Medical and Allied Health Schools under the supervision of UTMB faculty.

  18. Syndrome Yearbook
    The Syndrome, the UTMB student yearbook, was first published in 1953.  Prior to 1953 medical students and student nurses pictures were included in University of Texas at Austin Cactus yearbook. Syndrome is a one of kind book that includes students from all four schools.  The Office of Student Life and SGA provide the staff for the yearbook.  All students and student organizations are encouraged to participate in the development of the Syndrome by submitting photos of their groups.  Students interested in helping in other ways (are always welcome and) should contact the Office of Student Life, at extension 21996

  19. Blocker Oak
    Located at 11th and mechanic streets is dedicated to Dr. Truman Blocker. The Blocker oak was officially dedicated in 1999. Apparently campus lore has students in the ‘60s climbing the tree and singing “the Eyes of Texas” after exams! It is now a symbol of shelter and protection.



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