Cincinnati—Incoming students at the University of Cincinnati (UC)
College of Medicine will participate in the White Coat Ceremony on
Friday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium located in the
Medical Sciences Building, 231 Bethesda Avenue. The event is designed
to instill the responsibility of providing the best patient care to
medical students. The College of Medicine sponsors the ceremony, and
the Alumni Association gives white coats to students as gifts.
white coats are symbolic of the humanism involved in medicine, and the
ceremony helps students understand that this special type of care
begins with them," says Dorothy Air, PhD, assistant dean at the College
of Medicine. Incoming medical student Ross Kuhner says, "The white coat
for me symbolizes responsibility. We are in medical school to learn how
to help people."
The Class of 2003 is comprised of 159 students
who will receive their white coats from the following faculty members:
Thomas F. Boat, MD, professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics,
Stephen Goldberg, MD, adjunct professor of internal medicine, and
Frederick C. Strife, MD, professor of pediatrics. Clarence R. McLain,
MD, who is the recipient of this year's Lifetime Teaching Award, Silver
Apple Award, and Humanism in Medicine Award, will lead students in the
recitation of the physician's Oath of Commitment.
MD, will deliver the keynote speech. In addition to Boat's position at
the College of Medicine, he is director of the Children's Hospital
Research Foundation and Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital Medical
Center, Cincinnati. As a pediatric pulmonologist Boat has worked
extensively to define the developmental and biochemical properties of
airway function, particularly as it applies to obstructive lung
diseases of childhood, such as cystic fibrosis. He is currently
President-Elect of the American Pediatric Society.
UC is among 46
medical schools throughout the United States holding the White Coat
Ceremony. Other schools include Harvard University, University of
Michigan, and University of Southern California.