White Coat Ceremony
The dental class of 2010 was welcomed into clinical practice at a “White Coat Ceremony” held in Coffman Union Great Hall on June 13. A traditional rite of passage in many health profession programs, the ceremony recognized 103 third-year dental students for achieving an advanced level of scientific knowledge and technical skills, and marked their transition from classroom into patient clinics.
During the ceremony, the dental students were given scrubs to wear when treating patients. In the clinical setting, professional attire evokes the trust and respect of patients. The purpose of the ceremony is to impress upon these future practitioners the significance of that trusting relationship and to celebrate their commitment to the goals of professionalism, ethical practice, scientific and technical expertise, and compassionate service to others.
Welcoming the students as colleagues-in-training were Drs. Robert Hirsch, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Elizabeth Rydell, President of the SOD Alumni Society, extended greetings. Dr. Darryl T. Hamamoto, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs introduced and addressed the third-year dental students. Students and practicing professionals affirmed their commitment to uphold the ideals of the profession. Patrick M. Lloyd, Dean of the School of Dentistry led dental students and dentists in reciting the Minnesota Oath of New Dental Practitioners.
The oath, adapted from the Minnesota Oath of New Physicians, stresses ethical practice and social responsibility in dentistry. Part of the oath reads as follows:
I am responsible for contributing to an improved community. I will strive to prevent disease and correct adverse social conditions. I will serve as both teacher and role model for my patients, my successors and the public.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, Professor and Director in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Khan spoke on the importance of maintaining the highest standard of ethics in the medical profession.
A reception for the 500+ participants and guests followed the program.
A special thank-you to the Student Services Office staff for planning another successful White Coat Ceremony!