The White Coat Ceremony
Eighty members of the Class of 2019 were welcomed to Columbia and the dental profession at the White Coat Ceremony on August 10th. Donning the White Coat is symbolic of entry into the health profession, and the sensitivity to aseptic conditions. The White Coat also implies a special knowledge, attained at great personal cost in time, study and resources. The White Coat is seen as an affirmation of life, as opposed to the black of 1800’s physicians’ waistcoats who often attended the “deathbed.” The White Coat also conveys the contract between patient and doctor, often reduced to written “permissions” today, granting the caregiver the privilege to touch the patient, as part of providing care.
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