Surgeon William Dolan, MD, National Leader, to Speak at White Coat Ceremony

Ninth Class at UA College of Medicine - Phoenix to Enter Profession

William Dolan, MDAccomplished surgeon William Dolan, MD, will address the newest class of 80 incoming medical students at the ninth annual White Coat Ceremony at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The ceremony will be held Friday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m., at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams. (The ceremony will be live streamed at starting at 3:30 p.m.)

Dr. Dolan, longtime attending surgeon at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center and College faculty member, will give a keynote address to welcome students into their journey toward becoming medical doctors. Dr. Dolan has served as a physician for more than four decades, including many years overseas as part of an international health initiative and in reserve duty in the U.S. military.

In the 1980s, Dr. Dolan was program director of Esperanca, Inc., an international health program in Latin America and Africa. Dr. Dolan later won the Kiwanis Club World Service Medal in 1990 in acknowledgement of his service. He became the attending surgeon at the VA in 1989 and became a UA faculty member in 1994, participating in the formation of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. In the 1990s and 2000s, he served as a reservist in the U.S. Army and Navy Medical Corps, completing a tour in the Middle East.

“Dr. Dolan continues to be a leader and superb role model for our school and is an ideal person to address the next generation of physicians in this wonderful ceremony,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “We are so fortunate to have an individual who has given so much to our country as a veteran welcome our new students at such a formative stage in their lives.”

Cheryl O’Malley, MD, addressed last year’s class, following a series of past prestigious speakers tapped from the Phoenix physician community, including David Beyda, MD; Grace Caputo, MD; the late J. Kipp Charlton, MD; John Mattox, MD; and Elaine Niggemann, MD.

At the ceremony, each medical student receives a personalized white coat, a stethoscope and “The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach to Differential Diagnosis.” The textbook is provided by District Medical Group. The stethoscopes are sponsored by Banner Health. The white coats are provided through the sponsorship program. In addition, each white coat bears a Humanism in Medicine pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, initiators of the first White Coat Ceremony in 1993.

The ninth class of students began attending the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix July 6. To date, the downtown Phoenix medical school has graduated 250 physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007 and currently has 320 students training to be physicians. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars and who will embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all.