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Columbia University College Of Physicians & Surgeons Holds Annual White Coat Ceremony For The Incoming Class

 
CONTACT:     Leslie Boen

212-305-4966

lsb2001@columbia.edu

 

***MEDIA ALERT***

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS

HOLDS ANNUAL WHITE COAT CEREMONY FOR THE INCOMING CLASS

WHAT: Established in 1993 at Columbia, the White Coat Ceremony

is an annual event in which incoming medical students at Columbia University

College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S) are ceremonially “cloaked”

with their white laboratory coats and recite the Hippocratic Oath for the

first time. (The ceremony is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation,

a charitable organization dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine.)

WHY: Medical students commonly take the Hippocratic Oath upon

completion of their education. The College of Physicians & Surgeons,

however, feels strongly that students commit to the tenets of the Hippocratic

Oath from the very beginning of their medical training. By having students

pledge to uphold the Hippocratic Oath at the White Coat Ceremony, P&S

seeks to encourage professionalism, promote clinical excellence, and instill

a sense of responsibility for compassionate care in its first-year students.

WHEN:      Friday, August 24, 2001

1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Alumni Auditorium

Black Building

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

650 West 168th Street (between Broadway and Fort Washington)

***Students and deans will be available for interviews and photo opportunities***

 

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