UNT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER WELCOMES FUTURE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

August 9, 2002

The University of North Texas Health Science Center faculty will welcome its newest class of students at the annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony takes place Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth. The White Coat ceremony is a rite of passage for students entering the academic health community. During the ceremony, students receive gifts signifying entry into their respective health professions. The incoming students are literally â??coatedâ? for the first time with a white coat to symbolize humanism and professional ethics in medicine. This year, UNT Health Science Center welcomes 127 incoming medical students to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, 84 students of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 26 new students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program and 100 in the School of Public Health.Michael E. Whitcomb, MD, will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He serves as the senior vice president for the division of medical education at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is also editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine, a scholarly journal devoted to issues related to academic medicine.The AAMC is a national organization representing U.S. medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty in many different professional medical societies. The AAMC strives to strengthen the quality of medical education and training, enhance the search for biomedical knowledge, advance research in health sciences, and integrate education into the provision of effective health care.

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