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Annual White Coat Ceremony Marks Student Transition into Clinical Experience

Students gathered in front of the Palace of Fine Arts after the White Coat Ceremony.

July  18, 2011

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted its 14th annual White Coat Ceremony on July 16, 2011 to celebrate the beginning of second-year students' clinical training and to recognize their role as health care providers.

A crowd of nearly 1,000 students, family, friends and educators attended the event held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. Guests watched as students symbolically transitioned to the clinical portion of their dental education, when they leave the similulation laboratory to begin working with patients.

During the ceremony, members of the DDS Class of 2013, IDS Class of 2013 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2012 were presented with personalized white coats and pins, courtesy of the school's Alumni Association. One hundred and eighty-one students participated in the ceremony.

Dr. Andrew Soderstrom '83, president of the California Dental Association; Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean; and faculty member Dr. Bruce Peltier provided introductory remarks to encourage students in their careers ahead and celebrate this milestone.

"You've got good reason to feel proud," said Peltier in his address to the students. "This is the time when you move from rubber teeth and plastic faces to treating real patients. You are beginning a long and fulfilling career, but a career that comes with great responsibility."

Following remarks, students were coated by faculty and group practice administrators on stage. They were also each given an Alumni Association pin by Dr. Ariane Terlet '86, current president of the Alumni Association.

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Students recite the professional oath during the White Coat Ceremony.

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.

"I take great pride in having such extraordinary students entering into our profession," said Dean Ferrillo in his closing remarks. "Your coat is symbolic of the outstanding professionals that I know you will be."

 

Category Type: Special Events

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