Cincinnati--The 182nd class of incoming students to the University
of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine will receive their white coats
at the Sixth Annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 17.
ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium located in the
Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way. The purpose of the
ceremony is to impress upon students the responsibility and
significance of practicing medicine. The white coats, a gift from the
College of Medicine Alumni Association, are presented as a symbol of
the humanism needed in practicing medicine. One hundred fifty-seven
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 public recognition of the transition each
student is making into the profession of medicine," said Dorothy Air,
PhD, assistant senior vice president for entrepreneurial affairs at the
UC Medical Center, who organizes the ceremony. "Each incoming student
will make a personal commitment to uphold the humanistic values
inherent in providing patient care, to strive always for excellence and
to accept and execute all of the responsibilities associated with the
practice of medicine. The white coat ceremony is truly a celebration
for students and their families of past accomplishments and new
John Tew, Jr., MD, Frank H. Mayfield professor of
neurosurgery at the College of Medicine and medical director of the
Mayfield Neuroscience Institute, will deliver the keynote speech at the
"When I entered medical school 44 years ago, I was
greeted by a famous professor of neurosurgery who later became my
mentor and father figure," Tew said. "He taught me that the most
important lesson in life as a physician is to heal by caring. Caring is
best demonstrated by sitting down and touching the patient."
a 31-year veteran of UC, is a specialist in neurosurgery. Throughout
his medical career, Tew received honors, including a first place
teaching award from the Ohio State Medical Association, Distinguished
Service Award at UC Medical Center, American Medical Association
awards, Hospital Hero and Best Doctors in America ranking.
in 2001 enter an era of medicine when technology and knowledge is
supreme, however our patients need a caring physician more than ever. I
wish that I had been told what a blessing it is to become a physician.
Daily, I thank God for the opportunities that my teachers and patients
have given me. I cannot imagine a more grace-filled profession," Tew
The white coats will be distributed by Andrew Filak, MD,
associate dean of medical education and associate professor of the
Department of Family Medicine; Peter Frame, MD, professor of clinical
medicine and director of the Infectious Diseases Center (formerly the
AIDS Treatment Center) in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division
of Infectious Diseases and Evelyn Hess, MD, professor emeritus in the
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology. 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.