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Publish Date: 08/14/00
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UC Welcomes Academic Health Students at Fifth Annual White Coat Ceremony

Cincinnati--The 181st class of incoming students to the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine will receive their white coats at the fifth annual white coat ceremony on Friday, August 18. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium located in the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way (formerly Bethesda Avenue). The purpose of the ceremony is to impress upon students the responsibility and significance of practicing medicine. The white coats are a gift from the Alumni Association presented as a symbol of the humanism needed in practicing medicine. One hundred fifty-six students will recite the physician's oath of commitment to uphold ethical standards, integrity and respect for medicine and patient care.

"The white coat ceremony is a symbolic event that occurs at the beginning of medical school," said Dorothy Air, PhD, assistant dean for student affairs, UC College of Medicine. "The white coat represents the professionalism and humanistic qualities that are an intrinsic part of being a physician. As students take an oath of commitment in front of the faculty, as well as their families and friends, they are giving public recognition of their commitment to make professionalism and humanism, in all of its manifestations, a part of their everyday lives, starting now."

John Quinlan, MD, associate professor of neurology and director of the UC Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, will deliver the keynote speech at the ceremony. Quinlan, a 14-year veteran of UC, is a recipient of the 1998 Silver Apple award for excellence in teaching.

The white coats will be distributed by Thomas Boat, MD, professor and chair of the department of pediatrics; Herb Flessa, MD, professor emeritus of internal medicine-hematology and oncology; and J. Randolph Hillard, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry. Robert Maltz, MD, president of UC College of Medicine Alumni Association, will pin students with the Humanism in Medicine pins.

The white coat ceremony is organized at 46 medical schools throughout the United States. The first white coat ceremony was established at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1994.

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