School of Medicine holds White Coat Ceremony
During the ceremony, School of Medicine professors helped the students into their white coats.
The School of Medicine (SM) class of 2010 started the school year with the annual White Coat Ceremony on August 3, 2006. The pioneer of infant heart transplants, Leonard Bailey, MD, professor and chair, department of surgery, SM, presented an address to the students and their families about how it feels to be a surgeon.
The 190 first-year medical students each received their own white coat with their name badge, along with a stethoscope and pin.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation gave each student a pin on their coat, emphasizing the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency.
The foundation advances humanism in medicine, perpetuating the tradition of the caring doctor.
After each student received their coats, they read the physician’s oath:
“Before God, these things I do promise: In the acceptance of my sacred calling, I will dedicate my life to the furtherance of Jesus Christ’s healing and teaching ministry. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due. I will impart to those who follow me the knowledge and experience that I have gained. The wholeness of my patient will be my first consideration. Acting as a good steward of the resources of society and of the talents granted me, I will endeavor to reflect God’s mercy and compassion by caring for the lonely, the poor, the suffering, and those who are dying.
“I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. I will respect the rights and decisions of my patients. I will hold in confidence all secrets committed to my keeping in the practice of my calling. I will lead my life and practice my art with purity, and honor; abstaining from immorality myself, I will not lead others in moral wrongdoing. May God’s kingdom, His healing power and glory be experienced by those whom I serve, and may they be made known in my life, in proportion as I am faithful to this oath.”
By Patricia Thio
School of Medicine class of 2010 members pose in their new white coats.