Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s 11th class moved one giant step closer to becoming physicians at today’s White Coat Ceremony.
The event capped off a weeklong orientation for the class, and was held on the campus of Oakland University and livestreamed. The 125 members of the matriculating class formally received their physician white coats.
The traditional ceremony emphasizes the value of humanism as the core of health care, and stresses the importance of compassion and scientific excellence alike.
The class also recites the Oath of Geneva — the declaration of physicians’ dedication to the humanitarian goals of medicine — in front of family members, school leadership, and peers.
Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Dean, OUWB, welcomed the students and addressed the significance of each beginning their respective medical school journey at OUWB.
“We chose and invited you above all the others to be here,” he said. “You had a combination of qualities, but most of all, you had the compassion that indicated you belong here, immersed in the OUWB culture.”
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