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VOL. 23, NO. 2September 12, 1997

The Doctors Are In

Photo by Jonathan Lockwood Smith Photography.

First-year medical students at Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons were ceremonially "cloaked" with their first white laboratory coats, and they recited the Hippocratic Oath during welcoming ceremonies recently in the P&S Alumni Auditorium.

  The "White Coat Ceremony," first established in 1993 at Columbia, is an annual custom for the University's incoming medical students who, like most of their peers, previously took the Hippocratic Oath upon completion of their medical education. By having first-year students pledge to uphold the Hippocratic Oath's tenets at the start of their training, Columbia seeks to instill in them a sense of responsibility and professionalism for clinical excellence and compassionate care.

  The ceremony is one of several projects at the University sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine.