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White Coat Ceremony Signifies Student Transition to Clinical Experience

Students at the White Coat Ceremony.

July  20, 2010

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted its 13th annual White Coat Ceremony on July 17, 2010 to celebrate the start of students' clinical training and to acknowledge their role as health care providers.

A crowd of nearly 1,000 students, family, friends and educators attended this year's event, held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. Guests proudly watched as students symbolically transitioned to the clinical portion of their dental education, when students begin working with patients, rather than in a simulation laboratory.

During the ceremony, members of the DDS Class of 2012, IDS Class of 2012 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2011 were presented with personalized white coats and pins, courtesy of the school's Alumni Association. One hundred and eighty-two students participated in the ceremony.

Dr. Dan Davidson, vice president of the California Dental Association; Dr. Nader Nadershahi, acting dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry; and faculty member Dr. Bruce Peltier provided inspirational remarks to help encourage and guide students in their careers ahead.

"This ceremony is a great time to reflect on the values that brought you to into dentistry," said Davidson. "You are now entering the realm of clinical dentistry where you can help people to improve their health. You'll have a rare opportunity to be a role model and a catalyst to affect positive change in others."

Students recite the professional oath during the ceremonyFollowing the remarks and presentations of the coats, Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for Clinical Services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath. The oath reiterates the Dugoni School of Dentistry's sense of humanism and community, and emphasizes the school's vision which is to lead the improvement of health by advancing oral health.

"Wear your white coat with pride in the accomplishment that it signifies, but also with humility and respect," encouraged Nadershahi in his closing remarks. "Your coat signifies to patients that you will strive to listen to them, treat their illnesses to the best of your ability and preserve the dignity of each individual."

Category Type: Special Events

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