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White Coat Ceremony Celebrates Students' Entry into Clinical Experience

Students recite the professional oath as part of the White Coat Ceremony.

July  20, 2009

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hosted its 12th annual White Coat ceremony to celebrate the beginning of students' clinical experience and emphasize their role as health care providers.

A capacity crowd of more than 950 students, family and friends attended this year's event, held July 18 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.

One hundred eighty-eight members of the DDS Class of 2011, IDS Class of 2011 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2010 were presented with personalized white coats and pins, courtesy of the school's Alumni Association.

Dr. Carol Summerhays, president of the California Dental Association; Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr.; and faculty member Dr. Bruce Peltier gave remarks to help guide students as they begin their clinical experience at the school.

"As student members of organized dentistry you agree to abide by a professional code of ethics," said Dr. Carol Summerhays. "Once you start to treat patients, you will hold their trust. So, you need to hold yourselves to the highest ethical standards."

Following the remarks and presentations of the coats, Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for clinical services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath.

"The White Coat Ceremony is another step in the journey for these outstanding men and women," said Dean Ferrillo. "For many of them, this week begins the part of their training that includes the delivery of oral health services to the public. They have worked incredibly hard to reach this point. I know they are up for the challenge thanks to the guidance from our great faculty members."

Category Type: Special Events

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