EVENT: WHITE COAT CEREMONY, CLASS OF 2017
19th annual ceremony for incoming medical students at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
DATE/TIME: FRIDAY, AUG. 9, from 5 to 6:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to cover this event, which is not open to the general public. The event will be broadcast live on the Internet at (http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu). Participants will be available for interviews prior to the ceremony.
Contact: Rebecca Ruiz McGill, 520-626-5633 August 1, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – First-year medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will don white coats for the first time in the 19th annual White Coat Ceremony, Friday, Aug. 9, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Centennial Hall on the UA Main Campus. A reception will precede the ceremony from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Hall lobby.
The ceremony marks the 115 students’ entrance into the medical profession and the special bond they will have with patients, colleagues and teachers from the first day of medical school, Monday, Aug. 5. The students include 62 women and 53 men, 10 Hispanics, 5 African American and 1 Native American. Ninety-one of the students are Arizona residents.
The ceremony, which is for family and friends of incoming medical students, not the general public, may be viewed live on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu.
James L. Scott, MD (UA College of Medicine Class of 1983), professor of emergency medicine and former dean of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC, will deliver the keynote address, “Transitions".
Each white coat will have a “Humanism in Medicine” lapel pin, symbolizing a commitment to providing compassionate and competent patient care, provided by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public foundation that started the White Coat Ceremony in 1993 at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.