White Coat ceremony set for July 25

July 10, 2009

New students at the University of North Texas Health Science Center will put on their white coats for the first time at the annual White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Will Rogers Auditorium, 3401 West Lancaster.

At the ceremony, 185 incoming Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) students and 56 incoming Physician Assistant Studies students will be welcomed into the medical profession. Students will be "cloaked" in white coats symbolizing their careers in medicine. The event is a "rite of passage" for Health Science Center students that encourages a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy. They will take an oath acknowledging their responsibilities and willingness to assume the obligations of their new professions.

Robert Early, president and CEO of JPS Health Network, will present the keynote address. Phillip Saperstein, DO, professor of Family Medicine, will receive the TCOM Founders’ Medal. Stanley Weiss, DO, UNT Health Science Center professor emeritus, will receive the Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award.

For more information on the White Coat Ceremony, contact the Health Science Center Registrar’s Office at 817-735-2201.

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