Class of 2017 Receives White Coats

Class of 2017 White Coats

The Class of 2017 was recognized and celebrated in mid-September for their symbolic transition from didactic education to the clinical care of patients. Seventy-five second-year dental students received their personalized white lab coats in a formal ceremony in the OHSU Auditorium.

The white coats were generously provided in part by the Oregon section of the American College of Dentistry (ACD).

“The white coat is a big step toward ethics and professionalism,” said OHSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association President Mark Alder, D.M.D. `80. “Ethics and professionalism are not just a theory anymore because you will be seeing patients for the rest of your dental careers.

Dentists are held in high regard because we have high standards,” said Dr. Alder. “Now is the time to develop good habits that will last the rest of your life.”

Dean Phillip Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., read the nine tenets of professionalism from the wallet cards also provided by ACD:  respect, beneficence, compassion, competence, integrity, justice, professionalism, tolerance, and veracity.

“Dentistry is a great profession,” said Dr. Marucha. “You are now at the doorway to the clinical training program. You need to learn as much as you can from faculty, staff, students, and patients to become the best dentists possible.”