White Coat Ceremony Fall '11
On September 30th as a tradition of our school, the white coat ceremony was held for new students organized by the school's administration along with the Student Government Association.
The white coat ceremony (WCC) is a relatively new ritual in some medical schools that marks the student's transition from the enrollment to the basic sciences.
WCC typically addresses the issue of medical ethics and praises rising incoming first year students for their success in completing the basic science portion of medical school curriculum. A reading of the Hippocratic Oath is a part of the ceremony and student's family and friends usually attend the event as well. Our school organizes a WCC every semester and many students now consider it a rite of passage in the journey toward a medical career.
The event started at 2pm with a welcome speech of Tricia Derges, the President of Student Government Association, followed by a Curacao national anthem performed by Michael Anthony. Osazee Oviawe, an MD1 student, presented the invocation. A speech of Mr. Carmelo Destefano, the Vice Rector, expressed his dedication to the academic quality and study environment improvements that will be implemented in the current year.
The university was proud for a presence of Minister Abdul El Hakim , who inspired new students with the dedication that each students should poses in order to become a qualified physician. Mr. Hakim quoted Aristotle saying: “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them”.
The Presentation of White Coats was done by the minister Hakim after which all freshmen students took a Hippocratic Oath presented by Dr. Jackson.
The event was concluded by the President of SGA with a closing remarks. The reception including snacks and refreshments ended the current semester's White Coat Ceremony at 4pm.
Date posted: October 1st, 2011