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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine will host its annual White Coat Ceremony at the USA Mitchell Center on June 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. During the ceremony, rising third-year medical students in the Class of 2019 will be cloaked with their first white coats, the traditional dress of physicians for more than 100 years.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lee Grimm, assistant professor of surgery at USA.
For students, the White Coat ceremony serves as a reminder of the responsibility they take by dedicating themselves to the care of patients. During the ceremony, the students take the Medical Student Oath, a promise to uphold the human aspects of medicine including sensitivity, compassion and respect for patients.
Ten select rising seniors from the class of 2018, as well as three residents and two faculty, including Dr. Grimm, will also will be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the ceremony. Inductees are selected by the outgoing third-year medical students for practicing patient-centered medical care with integrity, compassion and altruism.
Each year, the USA Medical Alumni Association sponsors this event. Read about last year's White Coat Ceremony here.
A reception for students, family members and friends will take place at the Waterman Globe following the ceremony.
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