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Dental School Hosts 10th Annual White Coat Ceremony

July  13, 2007

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry presented white coats to 185 DDS, IDS and dental hygiene students during the school's 10th annual White Coat Ceremony at the Herbst Theater on July 11. More than 600 guests attended the event, which is intended to mark the beginning of the students' clinical experience and to emphasize their role as health care providers.

Dr. Martin Brotman, president and CEO of California Pacific Medical Center, provided an inspirational keynote address in which he discussed the importance of balancing scientific knowledge with artful patient care. Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., faculty member Dr. Bruce Peltier and alumnus Dr. Dennis Hobby '85, immediate past president of the California Dental Association, also delivered encouraging remarks to help the students through their clinical experience.

Following the remarks, each student received a personalized white coat and was presented with a pin from Alumni Association Vice President Dr. Marvin Carnow '74A, courtesy of the Alumni Association. Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for clinical services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath. Pacific also hosted a reception for students and their guests in the Green Room after the ceremony.

"The white coat ceremony was a well-deserved moment of honor and pride for success in conquering one of the most challenging steps towards becoming a professional dentist," said Magnus Yang, DDS Class of 2009. "It also reminds us that we have been entrusted with our abilities and newly developed set of skills to make responsible decisions that will affect the health of our future patients."

Category Type: Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu