UNM School of Medicine to Hold 4th Annual White Coat Ceremony on August 9

The UNM School of Medicine will hold the 4th Annual White Coat Ceremony this Saturday, August 9th at 10:30 a.m. at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center at 1634 University NE. Dr. Javier Aceves, medical director for the UNM Young Children's Health Center, will be the keynote speaker.

UNM is one of numerous medical schools across the country adopting the ritual for incoming medical students. The White Coat Ceremony creates an important focus for students entering medical school. In the presence of family, friends, and faculty members, student-physicians are welcomed into the medical community and are "cloaked" with their first white coats.  The class members and physicians present also stand to recite the Oath of Geneva that is again sworn during the traditional doctoral hooding ceremony four years hence.

Through their involvement in this meaningful ritual at the beginning of medical school, student-physicians become more aware of their professional responsibilities.  The ceremony impresses upon them the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship.  It also encourages them to accept the obligations inherent in the practice of medicine; to be excellent in science, compassionate, and lead lives of uprightness and honor.  It emphasizes for students the physician's responsibility to take care of patients and also to care for patients. 

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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