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Incoming medical students welcomed during annual White Coat Ceremony

Each fall, new medical students go through a rite of passage known as the White Coat Ceremony. At the event, they don a crisp, clean medical practitioner jacket for the first time. The coat is not only a symbol of their educational accomplishments thus far, but also of the exciting journey that lies ahead of them. Amongst family, guests and faculty members, students take their first Hippocratic Oath and are welcomed into the medical community by leaders of the medical center.

The 2013 White Coat Ceremony will take place Friday, August 23 at 3 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium. Donna Hammond, PhD, executive dean of the Carver College of Medicine will preside over the event. The keynote address titled, “A Patient’s Desire: A Doctor of the Mind and the Soul,” will be delivered by Peter Densen, MD, professor of internal medicine.

Further information about the White Coat Ceremony, as well as transcripts of previous keynote addresses are available online at

Story Source: UI Carver College of Medicine