Coated nascent physician

I’m not the first to say, “Sneakers? Really?”

Of course I knew coated could be a verb, but I didn’t know being coated is a (Western) physician ritual. It’s the reverse of wearing a graduation gown. We watched* a young man we know get coated yesterday, one in a class of 122. I was heartened that the speeches by physicians who are major mentors in the program indicated that an emphasized component of the program is listening, along with working to improve the health care system, not merely to treat the patients that are in front of you.

* Streaming.