White Coat Ceremony kicks off next step for Year 3 class

Gold 3 Docent Amgad Masoud, M.D., places the white coat on new Year 3 student, Ankit Mehta, during the School of Medicine's annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 10.
Gold 3 Docent Amgad Masoud, M.D., places the white coat on new Year 3 student, Ankit Mehta, during the School of Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 10.

Each of 103 new third-year UMKC School of Medicine students received a reminder of the importance of being a physician during the annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 10 at the UMKC White Recital Hall on the Volker Campus.

Ray Cattaneo, M.D., president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, told the class that their white coats should serve as a reminder that while their ultimate job is to heal, they must “do it with responsibility, honor, justice and respect.”

The White Coat Ceremony has been a tradition for students entering their third year of the School of Medicine since 2003. Sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, it emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for patients as well as proficiency in the art and science of medicine and marks the beginning of Year 3 training at the School of Medicine as medical students join docent units on Hospital Hill and at Saint Luke’s Hospital.

Amgad Masoud, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, received the 2013 Outstanding Year I-II Docent Award that is selected each year by students.

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