School of Medicine White Coat Ceremonies
This Weekend in Macon and Savannah

Aug. 10, 2009

Richard L. Cameron
(478) 301-5500

Macon

WHO:                 Sixty-one first-year students entering the Mercer University School of Medicine.

WHAT:             Will participate in the School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony, where they will be "cloaked" in their first white coats. Dr. Allison P. Scheetz, professor of internal medicine and assistant clerkship director in Mercer’s School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker.

WHEN:             Saturday, Aug. 15, 3 p.m.

WHERE:           The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, Ga.

WHY:                Through the White Coat Ceremony, Mercer School of Medicine welcomes entering medical students and helps establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine. The event emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency.

At the ceremony, students are welcomed by the administration and other respected leaders who represent the value system of the school and the new profession the students are about to enter. The cloaking with the white coat—the mantle of the medical profession—is a hands-on experience that underscores the bonding process. It is personally placed on each student's shoulders by individuals who believe in the students' ability to carry on the noble tradition of doctoring. It is a personally delivered gift of faith, confidence and compassion.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Richard L. Cameron at 478-301-5500 or Cameron_rl@mercer.edu.

Savannah

WHO:                Thirty-two first-year students entering the Mercer University School of Medicine.

WHAT:             Will participate in the School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony, where they will be "cloaked" in their first white coats. Dr. Thomas McKee, professor of pediatrics in Mercer’s School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker.

WHEN:             Sunday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m.

WHERE:           Mercer Auditorium, Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research, Memorial University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Ga.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Richard L. Cameron at 478-301-5500 or Cameron_rl@mercer.edu or Michael Notrica, 912-350-6858 or notrimi1@memorialhealth.com.

About the Mercer School of Medicine:

Mercer’s School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The School only accepts Georgia residents into its medical degree program. Students entering Mercer University School of Medicine graduate from a school that utilizes a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School of Medicine has two four-year campuses, one in Macon and the other on the campus of the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. The School also offers master’s degrees in public health, family therapy, and nurse anesthesia.

 

About Mercer University:

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,700 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.

 

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