July 20, 2015
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry held its annual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, July 18, to celebrate the beginning of clinical experience for students in the DDS Class of 2017, IDS Class of 2017 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2016. Held at the historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, the annual ceremony was an opportunity for students to formally celebrate an important milestone and pledge to practice professional integrity.
Dr. Nader Nadershahi '94, executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs, welcomed an audience of nearly 1,000 guests to the ceremony. Dr. Bruce Peltier, professor of psychology and ethics, and Dr. Ken Wallis (photo at right), president-elect of the California Dental Association, explained the symbolism of the white coat and spoke on the responsibility of being a dental professional. Dr. William van Dyk '73, president of the Alumni Association, presented each student with a commemorative pin from the association, which also donated funds used to purchase the white coats.
Following the presentation of coats by each student's clinical practice leader, Dr. Sigmund Abelson, associate dean for clinical services, led students in the recitation of the professional oath. Students pledged to practice professional integrity, commitment to the community, respect for the people they serve and all other responsibilities of the dental profession.
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Professional Oath
In light of all I hold sacred, in the presence of my family, friends, and teachers, I pledge to fulfill my obligations as a member of the dental profession.
My responsibility is to promote the health of the community and the persons I serve. The health of my patients will be my first commitment.
My privileges depend upon the trust of my patients. I will not violate that trust. I will respect all that is confided in me. I will do no harm.
I will honor my patients' dignity. I will be their zealous advocate, guided by their will, sensitive to their feelings, needs, and thoughts.
I respect and cherish the lives of all persons. I will not discriminate against any person in my decisions and care.
I recognize the limits of my competence. I will seek the knowledge and inspiration of my colleagues whenever my patients' needs require. I will strive to improve the knowledge and skills I profess to have.
I am responsible for contributing to an improved community. I will strive to prevent disease and to correct adverse social conditions. I will serve as both a teacher and a role model for my patients, my successors, and the public.
I am responsible for upholding my profession's integrity. I will strive to counsel those deficient in character or competence and expose those who engage in fraud or deception. I will not use my medical knowledge in any way contrary to the laws of humanity.
With this oath, I willingly assume these responsibilities.
If I honor this oath, may I be granted fulfillment and joy in my practice of the art of dentistry, respected while I live, and remembered with affection thereafter.