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White Coat Ceremony Marks Students’ Transition into Clinical Experience

July  16, 2012

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hosted its 15th annual White Coat Ceremony to commemorate students' transition into their clinical experience and recognize their role as health care providers. The symbolic event honored members of the DDS Class of 2014, IDS Class of 2014 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2013.

Nearly 1,000 family, friends and educators attended the event held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco on July 14. Guests watched as each student received a white coat to symbolize their transition to the clinical portion of their dental education, when they begin working with patients rather than in a simulation laboratory. One hundred and seventy four students participated in the ceremony.

Dr. Lindsey Robinson, president-elect of the California Dental Association; Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean; and faculty member Dr. Bruce Peltier gave remarks to celebrate the milestone and encourage students in their careers ahead.

Students after the White Coat Ceremony"You've worked very hard to get here and are a very special group of young professionals," said Peltier in his address to the students. "You've now made it into the clinic and put yourself in a very good spot in life — congratulations."

Following remarks, students were coated by faculty and group practice administrators on stage. They were also given an Alumni Association pin by Dr. Gene Santucci, president of the Alumni Association.

After the coat presentations, Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for clinical services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath. The oath covers professional integrity, respect of patients and other important areas that are a part of delivering professional patient care.

"The white coat is a symbol of ethics, professionalism and putting the patient first," said Dean Ferrillo in his closing remarks. "From what this group of students has done thus far, I have no doubt they will be ethical, professional and always put their patients first."

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