The next generation of health care providers
By Alex Branch
A new generation of physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants and pharmacists formally began their journey into the health care profession Friday at the UNT Health Science Center White Coat Ceremony.
The ceremony is a rite of passage that encourages new students to fulfill a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy as future health care providers. It culminates with the cloaking of students theTexas College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Health Professions and the UNT System College of Pharmacyin their first white coats and the swearing of a professional oath to acknowledge their new responsibilities.
“The white coat symbolizes the trust between a health care provider and a patient,” said Charles Taylor, PharmD, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
After the ceremony at Will Rogers Memorial Center Auditorium, students streamed outside and into the arms of parents, spouses, children and friends. Some families brought balloons and flowers to celebrate the occasion. One smiling father walked through the crowd holding high a stick with a picture of his son’s face on it to locate him in the sea of white coats.
Paige Bowser, a first-year student in the Physician Assistant Studies Program, said that the ceremony and encouraging speeches from fellow students reminded her why she worked hard to get into UNTHSC.
“This feels like a milestone in my life,” said Bowser, who is originally from Michigan. “Wearing this coat makes it feel real. I made it here, and now I have to keep working hard.”
Pharmacy student Johnny Acebo from Katy, Texas, said that when he put on his white coat he felt the expectations that accompanied the achievement.
“It’s great but there are expectations on us all now,” he said. “I’ve always loved chemistry and medicine, and this is the place for me to combine those two passions.”
TCOM student Fatima Rahlouni from Arlington has already earned a PhD in Biomedical Sciences but applied to medical school because she wanted to interact directly with patients.
By Jan Jarvis As a musician, Sarah Dunbar never imagined she would one day be leaning over a cadaver studying facial muscles. Yet, that is exactly where the University of North Texas College of Music graduate student found herself after years of struggling with severe pain caused by ...Read more
Jun 14, 2019
By Jan Jarvis Vision loss is one of the risks astronauts face when they return from space flights. Called Spaceflight Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome or SANS, the condition is characterized by swelling in the optic nerve head. Other ocular abnormalities of SANS include flattening of the b...Read more
Jun 14, 2019
By Kerry Gunnels Grammy award-winning singer, actress, author and chef Trisha Yearwood will be the featured artist for this year’s Legends Concert Series, UNT Health Science Center’s signature fundraising event. The benefit, presented by Chase and J.P. Morgan, will take place November ...Read more
Jun 14, 2019
By Jan Jarvis FitSteps for Life at UNTHSC Learn more about how to participate in FitSteps for Life at UNT Health Science Center. Learn More Before she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Candice Stinnett had never been to a gym or had any knowledg...Read more
Jun 6, 2019