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White Coat Ceremony for Temple's Class of 2017

August 19, 2013

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White Coat Ceremony, Class of 2017


Each year, new medical students at Temple University School of Medicine gather for a White Coat Ceremony, during which faculty members cloak them in the crisp white coats that symbolize official entry into the medical profession and commitment to patient care.


This year’s event, held on August 9, welcomed 215 medical students. It featured a welcome from Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of Temple University School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Health System—followed by a keynote by Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery. Dr. Goldberg also serves as director of the General Surgery Residency Program at the School of Medicine and Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Temple University Hospital.


Following the addresses and coating, students and faculty recited the Oath of Geneva – the declaration adopted by the General Assembly of the World Medical Association at Geneva in 1948, an affirmation of physicians’ dedication to the humanitarian goals of medicine.


“As Dean Kaiser noted, medical school begins an adventure of life-long learning,” said Derek Escalante, a newly coated member of the Class of 2017.


2013 White Coat Ceremony