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Publish Date: 08/13/99
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Class of 2003 Receive White Coats

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.

"The 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.

Thomas Boat, 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.

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