News at Medicine - September 2014 - White Coat Ceremony 2014

White Coat Ceremony 2014
September 19, 2014
The annual White Coat Ceremony took place Sept. 12 in the main auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine for the Class of 2018. This ceremony has become a formal tradition of receiving new undergraduate students into the medical profession by presenting them with short white coats. For the first time this year the white coats are engraved with individual student names.
Speakers at the ceremony included Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine; Dr. Scott Moffatt, assistant dean of student affairs; Dr. Elizabeth Callahan, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA); Dr. Nigel Duguid, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Dr. Megan Dawe, a family medicine resident. The ceremony concluded with a recitation of the Declaration of Geneva, led by professor emeritus Dr. William Pryse-Phillips. Second-year medical students Chelsea Ash and Mariah Hughes emceed the event, dressed in their own white coats. 

Dean Rourke welcomed the audience of students, faculty, staff and friends. “Together you’ll find you are in a helping profession and what you do reflects on us. My Golden Rule for Physicians is to aspire to care for your patients as you would want to be cared for if you were in their situation; work hard to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will make that happen.”
Dr. Moffatt gave a talk on the history and significance of the white coat. Dr. Duguid explained to students that their names have now been entered into the province’s medical register, permitting them to enter the supervised practice of medicine. Dr. Callahan spoke about the privileges and responsibilities associated with the NLMA. Dr. Dawe had some words of advice for the new medical students about the progression through medical school.
Dr. Don McKay, associate dean for undergraduate medical education, and Dr. Moffatt presented the 81 students in the Class of 2018 with their short white coats.
Following Dr. Dawe’s speech, Dr. William Pryse-Phillips concluded the formal part of the ceremony by leading the first-year students in a reading of the Declaration of Geneva. The ceremony ended with the Dean’s Reception for families, friends and students.

Sean Dillon and Samantha Dodge were among the 81 first-year medical students who received their short white coats at a ceremony Sept. 12. Dr. Don McKay, associate dean for undergraduate medical education, presented Mr. Dillon with his short white coat; Dr. Scott Moffatt, assistant dean for student affairs, presented Ms. Dodge with her white coat.

The Class of 2018 recited the Declaration of Geneva at the conclusion of the White Coat Ceremony.