College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony 2017

College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony 2017


ceremony musicRandall Worth: Good morning, and welcome
to the 2017 white coat ceremony for the University of Toledo College of Medicine
and Life Sciences. My name is Randy Worth. I’m the assistant Dean for Student Affairs
and I want to welcome you to the event today. The entering class of medical
students has achieved extraordinary academic success in order to gain
acceptance to medical school. Academic Excellence is not enough, however, to make
a caring doctor who has a genuine concern for his or her patients as individuals.
This is why the University of Toledo MD program has a holistic admissions process
that evaluates applicants based not only on their academic credentials, but also on
their personal qualities, values, and contributions outside of the classroom.
A major reason that these students are here at the University of Toledo College
of Medicine and Life Sciences is because they have demonstrated the personal
values and humanistic qualities that are desired in physicians. Characteristics
such as honesty, and integrity, compassion and empathy. Altruism, meaning putting the
interest of others before self. Respect for others dedication to service, Like
learning, professional development is a lifelong process. We started to build upon
these students innate human, humanistic values and attitudes during the weeks
orientation. The culmination of orientation and the start of the new
academic year is today’s White Coat Ceremony. Students, the White Coat
Ceremony is a symbolic one to emphasize that you are not just embarking on another
educational endeavor, you are entering what is arguably the noblest of
professions, where your true success will not be judged by your grades and test
scores, but how you serve your fellow humans. The White Coat Ceremony is a
unique opportunity for you as beginning medical students to bond with your fellow
classmates while celebrating your choice of career in medicine. The White Coat is a
mantle of the profession of medicine and symbolizes the compassion that your
future patients will expect from you. At this time, it’s my honor and privilege to
introduce Dr. Christopher Cooper, Dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
Dr Cooper.ApplauseDr. Cooper: Good morning. It’s my pleasure
on the behalf of the Board of Trustees and Dr. Sharon Gaber, president of the
University of Toledo, to extend a warm welcome to the incoming class of students,
and to your family and friends. We are so pleased that you have decided to enter the
profession of medicine and have chosen the University of Toledo for your medical
education. Well, it’s the start of a new academic year. It’s a time of renewal, a
time of enthusiasm mixed with a sense of accomplishment, high energy, and maybe,
maybe just a little trepidation or anxiety Well, we share the excitement and energy
you’re feeling as you embark on this to fulfill the dream of becoming a
physician. So, who is the cap class of 2021? well, you’re our entering 49th
entering class. There are 175 of you. We screened 4,015 applications to find you.
About 4% of the folks who applied were admitted. Three quarters of you are from
Ohio, 20% are from right here in North West Ohio. The other quarter are from
states throughout the country; Michigan California, Illinois etcetera. your
previous degrees come from 69 universities across the country from Ohio State,
University of Toledo, Miami, Case Western, Cornell, Georgetown, Hopkins, Harvard,
UCLA, Cincinnati, Dayton, Michigan, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt etcetera. Your
incoming GPA, 3.67. Your average MCAT score puts you in the top 18% on average
nationally. You’re a really smart bunch.applauseDr. Cooper: You can’t see behind you, but
that’s your parents clapping for you, and it’s appropriate. 31 of you have master’s
degree’s already, and one has a PhD. Your average age is 23 and you range from mere
20, we’ll figure out later to 39, with lots of life experience. You’re eventually
split between men and women. So now that you have a better idea of who you are,
who is your institution? It’s the 54th year since the founding of our medical
school. We have 140,000 alumni and we have 22,000 students currently enrolled at
the University of Toledo. We employ about 7,000 faculty and staff, and we have 60
million dollars in research activity. We have 16 academic units and three major
campuses spread out over 1200 acres. The one that you’ll be intimately familiar
with is the Health Science campus, something you’re already gaining. We are
one of 17 state colleges with a professional rate as diverse as ours, and
we have a one billion dollar impact on our community. We’re an institution which is
recognized for excellence in education, research, and the care of patients. and
we’re also very engaged in our community, something I hope that you as a student
will also do. So congratulations, and welcome to all of you. At this time I
have the special honor of introducing Dr. Michael McCrea, who is the president
of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Alumni Affiliate. Mike is a great
guy and a great leader, and it’s my pleasure to introduce him.applauseDr. McCrea: So, I thought this was a White
Coat Ceremony so I brought a white coat, and I realize that maybe I should have
actually just worn my suit jacket, but I’m much more comfortable in this anyway, this
is actually what I wear to work, except not the tie and definitely not the button
down shirt. So i’m an emergency physicican and I work at St. V’s. I graduated, I’m
going to say in 2004, so too many years ago, but not enough yet, and I thought
back- of course, I have to do the corny “What does this mean to you, and why
should you care?” It probably won’t mean much today, and it may not mean much in a
couple years, but to those of us up here it means a lot. I think medical students,
you know we used to say the reason we had to give you white coats is so you have
somewhere to put all your books, but now because of these, I don’t know why we have
to give it to you. So we have to give it to you because it actually means something
and in a couple years when you actually start seeing patients, I know you do a
little bit in the first two years, but when you actually start in the wards and
you wear your coats, and yes they’re short so we know you’re a medical student. And
then they get a little bit longer when you get to residency, and then maybe you
finish residency and you actually go to your first job it’ll mean something. So I
actually just had that moment for myself, I’ve been out of residency for 10 years
this summer, and that seemed like a really big deal that I’ve been practicing
physician for 10 years. So today is the start. It is a beginning. The end is
decades in the future.applauseRandall Worth: Part of the tradition of
the White Coat Ceremony is to present gifts to the incoming class to remind you
of the responsibilities of the profession you’ve chosen for your life’s work. As you
just heard from Dr. McCrea, the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life
Sciences Alumni Affiliate has generously provided the white coats for each student.
In addition each coat has a gold lapel pin with a stethoscope in the shape of a
heart, just like on the logo of the program. The pins are gift from the
Arnold P Gold Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to fostering
humanism in medicine. The medical student honor code committee has provided the
medical student honor code lapel pins featuring the words honesty, integrity,
and professionalism. At this time I will call each student’s name and have you come
forward to the center of the stage where you will be cloaked with your first white
coat. Dr Paul Schaefer, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, Dr Shirley
Bodi, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Integration, and Dr James Kleshinski,
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affiliation, will cloak the entering
class. There is a professional photo- grapher who will then take an individual
photo of each student with Dr. Cooper that will be available for purchase online
Members of the audience are also welcome to come forward to take pictures. Randall Worth: Olanrewaju Aboderin
applauseOthman Adil
applauseMatthew Agnew
applauseMahum Ahmed
applauseAbdullah Alam
applauseAlexander Altman
applauseMelinda Amornwichet
applauseNkiruka Aniagolu
applauseRobert Ariss
applauseMariam Asadullah
applauseNabila Azeem
applauseYetunde Badmus
applauseZachary Baker
applauseDarshana Balasubrama
applauseAlex Balboa
applauseHannah Ballock
applauseRajit Banerjee
applauseNatalia Barragan
applauseAbby Begezda
applauseMatthew Belardo
applauseCara Bird
applauseRachel Blanda
applauseMary Bozsik
applauseChristine Brennan
applauseJustin Brown
applauseBrenna Bullock
applauseNicholas Burkholder
applauseTaylor Bussell
applauseAndrew Campbell
applauseAndrew Caras
applauseChristian Carwell
applauseChristine Cassidy
applauseJacob Ciricillo
applauseMcKenzie Clapp
applauseQuinci Copeland
applauseStephanie Cordonnier
applauseRana Daas
applauseJudy Daboul
applauseGiana Dawod
applauseArmelle DeRiso
applauseHarsh Desai
applauseDanielle Dever
applauseAlexander DiScenna
applauseChristina Dubchuk
applauseJoseph Duff
applauseAlexander Edwards
applauseJoseph Eid
applauseKatelin Eing
applauseDavid Farrow
applauseAbigail Fogle
applauseSteven Folkerth
applausePeter Fredman
applauseOmar Gad
applauseKorina Gaishauser
applauseCasey Gallagher
applauseAkhil Gangisetty
applauseJulie Gartland
applauseGabrielle Gear
applauseAllison Gerren
applauseElham Ghaderian
applauseEmily Gibbons
applauseVinaya Gogineni
applauseSarah Goldman
applauseNityasri Gopinath
applauseNicholas Gozza
applauseMichael Haddad
applauseArmaan Hasan
applauseCharles Hawk
applauseSaloni Hegde
applauseDavid Hein
applauseAndrew Hendrix
applauseNicholas Henkel
applauseAnay Hindupur
applauseBenjamin Hinkel
applauseKasandra Hoeksema
applauseJennifer Huang
applauseJohn Jackson
applauseAngela Jacob
applauseBryanna Jay
applauseEsther Jung
applauseSwaramsi Katragadda
applauseJesse Kelso
applauseMuhamad Khalid
applauseTrisha Khambadkone
applauseSamar Khan
applauseShafwan Khan
applauseAna Khazan
applauseJi Kil
applauseIna Kim
applauseJason Kleppel
applauseJay Kumar
applauseMeghan Lark
applauseAustin Lee
applauseJacob Lennert
applauseBrandon Lewis
applauseAmy Li
applausePatricia Liu
applauseChristine Lu
applauseDaniel Lubarsky
applauseSherry Magrey
applauseJacob Maier
applauseCameron Marcus
applauseAllison Martin
applauseEsther Mburu
applauseMitchell McDaniel
applauseCiara Metzoian
applauseEthan Miller
applauseNicholas Mitchell
applauseRandy Moore Junior
applauseShyla Moore
applauseKavya Pai
applauseJennifer Park
applauseJordyn Purdue
applauseAlex Petrak
applauseMatthew Ponder
applauseJosef Pontasch
applauseMahbod Pourriahi
applauseAnkur Pranjal
applauseRafid Rahman
applauseRyan Reagans
applauseAniroodh Reddy
applauseRahul Revan
applauseClayton Rice
applauseLuke Ritzinger
applauseEric Roose
applauseBrandon Rosolowski
applauseEmily Rowland
applauseKaylee Royster
applauseJeffrey Russel
applauseDanielle Saevig
applauseOlivia Sagan
applauseMario Sahlani
applauseNatasha Samanich
applauseTarek Samman
applauseJack Sample
applauseSamantha Seibel
applauseArvind Senthilkumar
applauseShivam Shah
applauseMedea Shanidze
applauseDevon Shannon
applauseErin Sheehan
applauseMichael Sheehan
applauseSabeen Sidiki
applauseHannah Simmons
applauseAngela Sipes
applauseSamantha Smith
applauseRacquel Sohasky
applauseRachel Speakman
applauseJennifer Springer
applauseJigisha Srivastav
applauseStravos Stefanpoulos
applauseCory Stein
applauseAladdin Sufyan
applauseMatthew Sullivan
applauseGrace Sun
applauseSriya Sureddi
applauseEmily Symes
applauseSubhan Toor
applauseChristina Varghese
applauseBrent Veerman
applauseLekha Vemuru
applauseAlexander Vonderau
applauseJason Wanamaker
applauseLi Wang
applauseLogan Weghorst
applauseStephen Werner-Sleva
applauseAdam Wheeler
applauseReid Wilkins
applauseKayla Winters
applauseMaggie Wong
applauseDaisy Wu
applauseRachel Wyand
applauseAkul Yajnik
applauseDavid Yatsonsky
applauseLuke Zona
applauseRandall Worth: At this time I’d like to
call upon fourth-year medical student Ibitssam Gad, UT college of Medicine
Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society who would lead the first-year class in a
recitation of the medical student pledge of ethics. Ibitssam Gad: If you can all please stand
up, and the students, yeah just the students, thanks guys. All right and then
we’ll go ahead and recite the student pledge of ethics together, I publicly
acknowledge and accept the privileges and responsibilities given to me today as a
physician in training and dedicate myself to provide care to those in need. I will
approach all aspects of my education with honesty and integrity, embracing
opportunities to learn from patients, teachers, and colleagues. I will always
maintain the highest standards of professional conduct. I will certify only
that which I have personally verified, and I will neither receive nor give un-
authorized assistance on examinations. I will value the knowledge and wisdom of
the physicians who have preceded me. I will recognize my weaknesses and
strengths, and strive to develop those qualities that will earn the respect of my
patients, my colleagues, my family, and myself. I will respect the humanity,
rights, and decisions of all patients and will attend to them with compassion and
without bias. I will maintain patient confidentiality and be tactful in my words
and actions. I will value the diversity of patient’s experiences, cultures, and
beliefs because it enhances my ability to care for them and enriches my education.
I will not forget that there is an art to medicine as well as science and that
warmth sympathy and understanding are integral to patient care. i will strive to
earn the trust my patients place in me and the respect that society places upon my
profession.I will recognize the privileges afforded to me as a physician and training
and promise not to abuse them. Even as a student I have responsibility to improve
the standard of health in my community, to increase access to care for the un-
deserved and to advance medical knowledge. As I accept these new responsibilities, I
will not forget the importance of my own health and well-being. I will continue to
value my relations with those who have supported me in the past, and those who
will share in my future. Knowing my own limitations and those of medicine, I
commit myself to a life-long journey of learning how to cure, relieve, and comfort
with humanity and compassion. I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my
honor. Congratulations everybody.applauseDr. Cooper: You guys can be seated. Ladies
and Gentleman, doctors to be, friends and family, we have all been witness to a
remarkable event. We’ve observed 175 men and women commit themselves to a special
journey of growth and discovery. The commitment to be a physician, the symbol
the symbol of that commitment today is the donning of the white coats you all look a
little different in your clean white coats Are you different? Have you changed? It
will come. Before I get onto my next comments I’m going to actually address
you family and friends for a moment. So family and friends, I want- I make a
promise to you that we’re going to take care of your students, your loved ones,
over the next four years. You’re going to find out how hard they work. They’ve
worked very, very hard to get here. Theyre going to work far harder these next four
years. Simply put there is much to learn. The coursework, the requirements, are sub-
stantially more than many of them experienced as undergraduates. For most of
them they’ll work far harder than they have at any time of their life. There’s a
lot to learn. There’s a lot of information to learn and there’s a lot of professional
growth that must occur. I want you to know that I, the Dean, my associate Deans, the
faculty, the staff are fully committed to meeting the needs of your students, your
friends, your family member during these four years. We’re here for them constantly
day and night, weekends, anytime they need something we’re available, okay? So under
stand that your loved ones are going to work really hard and we’re here to
shepherd them through that process. I also believe that all meaningful change begins
with a promise. A promise to yourself, to a loved one, or to a room full of people.
A few moments ago you students made a promise upon your honor in front of all
these witnesses. you promise solemnly, you did so freely. the oath you took speaks
of accepting the privileges and responsibilities given to you today. You
spoke of honesty and integrity, humility and compassion. You committed to
recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses and developing the qualities
that will earn the respect of others. You promise to all of those here in this room
your mentors, your teachers, and your community in which you’ll serve, and
most importantly, most importantly to the patients that will rely on you and trust
you with their care. There will be challenges, you’re going to work hard, you
just heard that. You’ll live with difficult decisions. Decisions that you
will need to make. To measure up to the promise won’t be easy, but none of you
would be in these seats wearing these white coats if you were looking for easy.
You’ve already proven how hard you can work. I thank you for your promise today
to join this wonderful journey to become a physician. It was the smartest thing I’ve
done in my life except for marrying my wife. So enjoy the rest of the day with
your family and friends. This is the celebration- Okay great. Thanks James.
A little he- keeps me in line. This is a celebration of the beginning of a
marathon. For those of you who’ve run the 26.2 miles which is a marathon, you under-
stand that the balloons and the bands playing at the beginning of the race have
very little to do with the completion, but they’re celebrating the commitment to run
the race and the preparation that leads to the journey. With that I wish to
congratulate all of the incoming students and your families on the magnificent
achievements that you’ve already accomplished, and on walking this path
with us together. Today we’re going to begin a new page in all of our lives. You
are the best and the brightest. You are the best suited for the professional quest
ahead, and so we most sincerely welcome you and give you our warmest
congratulations. Welcome to the University of Toledo College of Medicine
family.applauseDr. Cooper-Now what I’d like to do is ask
the audience to dismiss, and our students could I please have you wait until folks
have exited, so we can get a group photo? Thank you very much.
applause

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