Some photos were essentially class pictures, which conveyed the pride associated with becoming a member of the medical profession. In such large group images students are often arrayed on school steps or in the anatomical amphitheatre, and have as a companion a skeleton or cadaver. In such settings students usually have on their best attire.
Below are two examples. Many more may be found in the book: Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930