School of Dentistry White Coat Ceremony
More than 130 School of Dentistry first-year dental, dental hygiene and dental therapy students took an afternoon from their studies to participate in a White Coat Ceremony that marked both their entry into the dental profession and their awareness of the need to balance excellence in science with compassionate patient care.
Parents and family members attended this traditional rite of passage, which is part of the educational experience for many health care professions. The event recognizes students in their first year of professional education. Students were given white lab coats, attire that evokes the trust and respect of patients. The ceremony is intended 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.
Included in the event was a reading of the the Minnesota Oath for Dentists, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Code of Ethics, and the Minnesota Oath for Dental Therapist. Additionally, students composed their own codes of ethics, stressing service, integrity, and commitment to excellence.
Honored guests at the event included Neal U. Benjamin, Vice President of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, Barbara F. Brandt, Associate Vice President for Education for the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, and Susan G. Gross, president of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Society.