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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 08/14/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC Welcomes Academic Health Students with White Coat Ceremony

Cincinnati--Incoming students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine will participate in the seventh annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in Kresge Auditorium located in the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way.

The white coats, a gift from the College of Medicine Alumni Association, are presented to the incoming students as a symbol of the responsibility of providing the best in patient care and the humanism needed in practicing medicine. 157 students will receive white coats and recite the physician's oath of commitment to uphold ethical standards, integrity and respect for medicine and patient care.

"The white coat ceremony recognizes the transition each student is making into the profession of medicine and the great responsibility that position entails," says William J. Martin II, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and acting senior vice president for Health Affairs. "The white coat symbolizes the humanistic values inherent in providing patient care. It is a constant reminder, to not only the medical students but to those who teach at this institution, that we are here to learn how to help people."

Evelyn Hess, MD, adjunct professor emerita, of the Department of Internal Medicine will deliver the keynote speech to the Class of 2006.

During the ceremony, each incoming student will be presented with the white coat, a Humanism in Medicine pin and the book On Doctoring. The white coats will be presented to the students by Kenneth Davis, MD, assistant dean for Medical Education, Andrew Filak, MD, associate dean for Medical Education and Toni M. Robinson-Smith, MD, assistant professor of pathology. Following the presentations, the students will recite the Oath of Commitment led by Dr. Martin.



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