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.
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,
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
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.