UQ – Ochsner Clinical School Celebrates 108 Doctors-in-Training at White Coat Ceremony
NEW ORLEANS – The University of Queensland (UQ) – Ochsner Clinical School celebrated 108 future doctors at the 7th Annual White Coat Ceremony. This significant achievement recognizes the medical students’ advancement to the clinical portion of their training. It also serves as a tremendous step forward in their medical education towards their careers as physicians.
“The white coat symbolizes compassion and healing to the patients we serve, and we have the responsibility to live up to that expectation each and every day we wear it,” said Leonardo Seoane, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Head of School, University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School. “It is an honor to carry on this tradition and shows a professional dedication to the practice of medicine.”
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lawrence Opus, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education – Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Opus highlighted the commitment and responsibility that is bestowed upon the physician to ensure that the patient was the priority and at the forefront of all care decisions. The evening concluded with the students reciting the Oath of Clinical Students to officially begin the next phase of training.
Although traditionally celebrated in the first year of Medical School, the White Coat Ceremony for the Ochsner Clinical School students is commenced in the beginning of year three as they embark on the clinical phase of their medical school education. The Ochsner Clinical School is a partnership with the University of Queensland in Australia where US students spend their first two years of study on the Brisbane campus, followed by years three and four of clinical education in the Ochsner Health hospitals and clinics.
The White Coat Ceremony dates back to 1989 when Dr. Arnold P. Gold, a teacher and pediatric neurologist for more than 40 years at Columbia University, came to the realization that handing out white coats and reciting the Hippocratic Oath after four years of medical school was really too late. Gold felt that students needed well-defined guidelines regarding the expectations and responsibilities appropriate for the medical profession prior to their first day of education and training. This belief inspired the creation of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for the advocacy and sponsorship of what has become known as the White Coat Ceremony.
“We are excited and proud to have these students as part of our program and embrace our role as teachers and mentors,” William McDade, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System. “We will challenge them to be the best physicians they can be while providing them the knowledge and tools they need to succeed.”
Five classes have graduated from the UQ – Ochsner Clinical School, boasting a 94% Match Rate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Over 850 student interviews have been scheduled for the upcoming Match in 2017. Until they begin their residencies in June, some graduates have been choosen to participate in the Ochsner Post Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for them to remain engaged in clinical and health services research.
For more information on the UQ – Ochsner Clinical School, visit academics.ochsner.org.
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