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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine held its annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 at the USA Mitchell Center on June 20, 2015.
During the ceremony, rising third-year medical students were cloaked with white coats, the traditional dress of physicians for more than 100 years.
For students, the White Coat ceremony serves as a reminder of the importance and responsibility they take by dedicating themselves to the care of patients. During the ceremony, the students in unison took the Medical Student Oath, a promise to uphold the human aspects of medicine, such as sensitivity, compassion and respect for patients.
Select students, residents and faculty were also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the ceremony. Inductees are selected for practicing patient-centered medical care with integrity, compassion and altruism. Election to this organization is by vote of medical students.
Each year, the USA Medical Alumni Association sponsors this event.
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