UMKC School of Medicine docents presented 113 medical students with their white coats and welcomed the Class of 2015 to Hospital Hill during the annual Year 3 White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 13 at the White Recital Hall on the University’s Volker Campus.
The ceremony marks the beginning of the next step in training at the School of Medicine with students joining their new docent units on Hospital Hill and Saint Luke’s Hospital, which will serve as their home base for their final four years of medical school.
Docents placed on the shoulders of each new member of their unit their white coat, a mantle of the medical profession that serves as a reminder of the professional guidelines expected of each student. 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.
Also during the ceremony, Jetinder Singh, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine, received the 2011 award for Outstanding Year 1-2 Docent from School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and George Harris, M.D., professor of community and family medicine and assistant dean for Years 1-2 medicine.