Third-year UMKC School of Medicine students received the mantle of the medical profession that serves as a reminder of the professional guidelines expected of each of them on Aug. 11 during the annual White Coat Ceremony at the White Recital Hall on the UMKC Volker Campus.
A class of 107 donned the white coats presented by the School’s docents.
The ceremony marks the official beginning of Year 3 of training at the School of Medicine, when the medical students join their docent units on Hospital Hill and at Saint Luke’s Hospital for their final four years of medical school.
School of Medicine Alumni Association President Raymond Cattaneo, M.D., ’03, welcomed the class before the ceremony, during which individual docents placed the physician’s white coat on the shoulders of each new member of their unit. The White Coat Ceremony, established by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for patients as well as proficiency in the art and science of medicine.
As part of the ceremony, the group listened as classmate Danesh Ratnasingam, MS 3, read the Class of 2016’s Philosophy of Medicine statement.
Lawrence Dall, M.D., clinical professor of internal medicine, received the 2012 Outstanding Year 1-2 Docent award that is selected by students. Described by his students as an outstanding teacher and mentor, Dall has been a Year 1 and 2 docent since 1998 and also serves as associate medical director of Midwest Hospital Specialists in Kansas City.