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Annual White Coat Ceremony Celebrates Milestone for Dental Students

Students pledged to fulfill all obligations of the dental profession.

July  22, 2014

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry held its annual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, July 19, to celebrate the beginning of clinical experience for students and to commemorate their commitment to upholding professional standards for health care providers. Members of the DDS Class of 2016, IDS Class of 2016 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2015 were honored at the ceremony held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. After months of practice and instruction with manikins in the simulation laboratory, these students will now start to transition to working with patients.

White Coat CeremonyNearly 1,000 guests watched as students received their white coats and took an oath to fulfill all obligations of the dental profession. Dr. Patrick J. Ferillo, Jr., dean; Dr. Bruce Peltier, faculty member; and Dr. Walter Weber '76, president-elect of the California Dental Association spoke on the symbolism of the white coat and the challenges they will face as health care providers. Students also received Alumni Association pins from Dr. Artemiz Seif-Adkins '04, president of the Alumni Association.  

Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for clinical services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath. Students pledged to practice professional integrity, commitment to the community, respect for all people and all other responsibilities of the dental profession.    

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Professional Oath  

In light of all I hold sacred, in the presence of my family, friends, and teachers, I pledge to fulfill my obligations as a member of the dental profession.  

My responsibility is to promote the health of the community and the persons I serve. The health of my patients will be my first commitment.  

My privileges depend upon the trust of my patients. I will not violate that trust. I will respect all that is confided in me. I will do no harm.  

I will honor my patients' dignity. I will be their zealous advocate, guided by their will, sensitive to their feelings, needs, and thoughts.  

I respect and cherish the lives of all persons. I will not discriminate against any person in my decisions and care.  

I recognize the limits of my competence. I will seek the knowledge and inspiration of my colleagues whenever my patients' needs require. I will strive to improve the knowledge and skills I profess to have.  

I am responsible for contributing to an improved community. I will strive to prevent disease and to correct adverse social conditions. I will serve as both a teacher and a role model for my patients, my successors, and the public.  

I am responsible for upholding my profession's integrity. I will strive to counsel those deficient in character or competence and expose those who engage in fraud or deception. I will not use my medical knowledge in any way contrary to the laws of humanity.

With this oath, I willingly assume these responsibilities.  

If I honor this oath, may I be granted fulfillment and joy in my practice of the art of dentistry, respected while I live, and remembered with affection thereafter.  

Category Type: Special Events, General

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