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White Coat Ceremony 2011

'Respect for others'

The Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota welcomed 54 new students at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, July 29, 2011.

Jerome Freeman, MD, chair of the neurosciences department, spoke about the symbolism and promise of the white coat.

Rodney R. Parry, MD, vice president of health affairs and medical school dean, highlighted one of the core characteristics of a professional, respect for others.  “A physician should demonstrate respect for patients and their families, other physicians and team members, medical students, residents and fellows.”  Medical students were advised to “listen not only to professors and physicians, but your patients as well.  I believe your success as a physician will be measured by your ability to listen to others.  And through listening you will develop sincere respect for all.”

The Class of 2015 includes 52 MD students and two MD/PhD students.  Thirty-eight percent of the medical students are from high schools in towns with a population less than 10,000.  Fifty-eight percent have a significant record of volunteerism. 

The ceremony closed with the students and all physicians in attendance reciting the “Affirmation of the Physician.”