Back To School: P&S Welcomes Class Of 2008 With Upcoming White Coat Ceremony

August 26, 2004

Back To School!

Incoming Class Receives White Medical Coats and Recites Hippocratic Oath for First Time

WHAT: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) will welcome the class of 2008 at its annual White Coat Ceremony. The approximately 150-member incoming class will be presented with their first white medical coat and recite the Hippocratic Oath for the first time, before family, friends and faculty.

The annual White Coat Ceremony was initiated at P&S in 1993 and has since become tradition at more than 130 schools of medicine and osteopathy throughout the United States and internationally.

WHEN: Friday, August 27, 2004, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Alumni Auditorium, William Black Medical Research Building, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons 650 West 168th Street (entrance between Broadway and Fort Washington), First Floor

***Photo opportunities and interviews available with students and deans ***

WHY: Previously, medical students waited until graduation to recite the Hippocratic Oath. Incoming students now recite it in the beginning of their training as encouragement to live and work by its tenets of professionalism, excellence and responsibility for compassionate patient care.

WHO: Presentations will be given by:

Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Antonia C. Novello, M.D., New York State Commissioner of Health

Linda D. Lewis, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Arnold P. Gold, M.D., President, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Pediatrics

Robert Kelly, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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*Located in New York City, Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic and clinical research, medical education, and health care. The medical center includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, and other health professionals at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the School of Dental & Oral Surgery, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. The pioneering tradition of Columbia University health scientists, who have achieved some of the 20th century's most significant medical breakthroughs, continues today.


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