For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
At UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
First-Year Medical Students Will Receive White Coats At Ceremony
And Begin Educational Journey Towards Becoming Physicians
The 10th annual White Coat Ceremony to welcome first-year medical
students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
(UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will be held on Friday,
August 8, at 2 p.m., in the atrium of Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital at One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick.
Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, a founding director of the RAND Center
for Domestic and International Health Security in Arlington, Va.
is the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He currently leads the
center's efforts to make health a central component of U.S. foreign
Dr. Shine, a professor of medicine emeritus at the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, received
his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. A former president
of the Institute of Medicine, while there Dr. Shine organized
several symposia about the importance of cultural sensitivity
in health care. He also has extensive experience working with
international health experts on global issues such as infectious
illnesses, bioethics and access to care.
The White Coat Ceremony was initiated to emphasize the importance
of caring and sensitivity in medicine to first-year medical students.
Each student will be presented with a white coat and a pin inscribed
with the words Humanism in Medicine. The students also will be
presented with a book from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
entitled On Doctoring. Drs. John Stone and
Richard Reynolds edited the book, which contains short stories,
poems and essays related to the medical profession.
The event is sponsored by the Daniel and Bernard Kessler Foundation,
a private philanthropy founded in 1969 to honor two brothers,
both civic leaders, who grew up in New Brunswick.
Dr. Harold L. Paz, dean of the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School, will preside over the ceremony. Other speakers include:
Dr. Stuart D. Cook, president of UMDNJ; Dr. David Seiden, associate
dean for admissions and student affairs at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School; Eric Smith, president of the Daniel and
Bernard Kessler Foundation;
Sheldon Rossman, co-chair of the Association of Family and Friends;
and Seth Heckman, a second-year medical student at the UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School.