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Freshmen White Coat Ceremony Imparts Importance of Integrity


 

Freshmen College of Medicine students attend White Coat Ceremony in Robinson Center Exhibition Hall.
 Freshmen College of Medicine students attend White Coat Ceremony in Robinson Center Exhibition Hall.
 College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D. Ph.D. M.B.A., listens to the keynote address with other UAMS faculty and administrators.
 College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D. Ph.D. M.B.A., listens to the keynote address with other UAMS faculty and administrators.
 James Graham, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, gave the keynote address, “The White Coat Commitment.”
 James Graham, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, gave the keynote address, “The White Coat Commitment.”
 

AUG. 24, 2004 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) held its White Coat Ceremony for freshmen College of Medicine students this month at the Robinson Center Exhibition Hall.

The Aug. 5 ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, the largest attendance since the ceremony’s inception in 1993. White coats were distributed to 150 students. The White Coat Ceremony was established by Arnold Gold, M.D., to impart to entering medical students the importance of professionalism, ethical behavior and integrity.

Opening remarks were made by E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., UAMS vice chancellor and College of Medicine dean; I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., UAMS chancellor; Scott Ferguson, M.D., president of the Arkansas Medical Society; and Jonathan Casciano, co-president of the College of Medicine Honor Council. The keynote address, “The White Coat Commitment,” was given by James Graham, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Each class of medical students gave a White Coat Award to the classmate who most embodies the attributes of the ethical and professional physician, as expressed in the Medical Student Oath. This year’s recipients were Robin Reed, sophomore class; Joshua Kennedy, junior class; and Matthew Goodwin, senior class.



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