The Class of 2013 for the Mercer School of Medicine and the Doctor of Pharmacy students at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be officially introduced to their Mercer education at white coat ceremonies that begin this weekend. School of Medicine students will receive their coats at ceremonies in Macon on Aug. 15 and in Savannah on Aug. 16, while pharmacy students will participate in their ceremony on Aug. 20 in Atlanta. The students will also take their professional oaths for the first time at the ceremonies.
In Macon, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 61 first-year School of Medicine students will be cloaked in their white coats. Dr. Allison P. Scheetz, professor of internal medicine and assistant clerkship director in the School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Grand Opera House in downtown Macon.
The next day, 32 first-year students will become the second entering class at the Savannah campus of the Mercer School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas McKee, professor of pediatrics on the Savannah campus, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the Mercer Auditorium in the Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research at the Memorial University Medical Center.
On Aug. 20, 148 students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program will receive their white coats in a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Sheffield Education Center on the Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta. Keynote speaker will be Liza Guy Chapman, Ph.D., a 2002 graduate of the Mercer Pharmacy School. She is a clinical coordinator with Kroger.