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Annual White Coat Ceremony Marks Student Transition into Clinical Experience

Students recite the professional oath at the White Coat Ceremony in San Francisco on July 20, 2013.

July  22, 2013

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted its 16th annual White Coat Ceremony to commemorate students' transition into their clinical experience and recognize their role as health care providers. The symbolic event honored members of the DDS Class of 2015, IDS Class of 2015 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2014.

Nearly 1,000 family, friends and educators attended the event held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco on July 20. Guests watched as each student received a white coat to symbolize their transition to the clinical portion of their dental education, when they move on from the simulation laboratory to begin working with patients. One hundred and eighty three students participated in the ceremony. 

Dr. James Stephens '82, president-elect of the California Dental Association; Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean; and faculty member Dr. Bruce Peltier gave remarks to celebrate the milestone and encourage students in their careers ahead. Following remarks, students were coated by faculty and group practice leaders on stage. They were also given Alumni Association pins by Dr. Suzanne Saidi '91, president of the Alumni Association. 

After the coat presentations, Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for clinical services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath. The oath covers professional integrity, respect of patients and other important areas that are a part of delivering professional patient care. 


University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Professional Oath

In light of all I hold sacred, in the presence of my family, friends, and teachers,I pledge to fulfill my obligations as a member of the dental profession.

My responsibility is to promote the health of the community and the persons I serve. The health of my patients will be my first commitment.

My privileges depend upon the trust of my patients. I will not violate that trust.I will respect all that is confided in me. I will do no harm.

I will honor my patients' dignity. I will be their zealous advocate, guided by their will, sensitive to their feelings, needs, and thoughts.

I respect and cherish the lives of all persons. I will not discriminate against any person in my decisions and care.

I recognize the limits of my competence. I will seek the knowledge and inspiration of my colleagues whenever my patients' needs require. I will strive to improve the knowledge and skills I profess to have.

I am responsible for contributing to an improved community. I will strive to prevent disease and to correct adverse social conditions. I will serve as both a teacher and a role model for my patients, my successors, and the public.

I am responsible for upholding my profession's integrity. I will strive to counsel those deficient in character or competence and expose those who engage in fraud or deception. I will not use my medical knowledge in any way contrary to the laws of humanity.
With this oath, I willingly assume these responsibilities.

If I honor this oath, may I be granted fulfillment and joy in my practice of the art of dentistry, respected while I live, and remembered with affection thereafter.

Category Type: University, Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu