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                             Reid Gardiner (3)

Brothers James and Brus Layson of Helena No.3, both       With the continued resurgence of young men seeking
graduates of Carroll College and both embarked upon       to join Masonic lodges, it is very interesting to see
medical careers, have received their White Coats.         articles with a different slant in the Montana Masonic
                                                          News. I know that it is important to remember
The White Coat marks the student’s transition from the    historical events and to note anniversaries of longevity.
study of preclinical to clinical health sciences. New     They continue to remind us of our roots and cause us
medical students slip on their white coats, a momentous   to pause and give thanks to all who paved our path.
and exciting occasion that marks the beginning of         I would encourage other young Masons or their
their careers. It also symbolizes professionalism,        families to submit articles to The Montana Freemason
caring and trust, which they must earn from patients.     magazine that note their accomplishments. These fine
The ceremony “welcomes those embarking on their           young men that are joining our lodges have interesting
medical careers to the community of physicians by         stories to tell and we need to hear them. It helps to
giving them this powerful symbol of compassion            teach us what a wonderful group they are. Masonry
and honor”according to Vice Chair of Education            in Montana is not only alive and well but young
and Faculty Affairs at New York University School         and vibrant. KEEP LEADING THE WAY YOUNG
of Medicine- March S. Hochberg, MD. “It also gives        BROTHERS!
them a standard against which they must measure their
every act of care to the patients who trust them.” But                                            - Jim Axelson (22)
“being a Doctor does not mean being set apart by the
white coat or about being a higher authority or stature,
but rather by being an unselfish healer and putting the
needs of your patients and their families above yours
at all times,” according to Dr. Flotte. There are many
variations, but perhaps the most common is to hold the
white coat ceremony when the student begins working
with patients in hospitals.

Brother James “J.T.” Layson, member of Helena             Brus Layson (left above) an Entered
Lodge No.3, received his White Coat on October            Apprentice with Helena Lodge No.
11th at Midwestern University Airizona College of         3, received his White Coat in August
Osteopathic Medicine.                                     from Western Univeristy of Health
                                                          Sciences- Pomona, California.

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