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PHILADELPHIA — On Friday, August 12, J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., the newly inaugurated executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will help launch the medical careers of 170 first-year students at Perelman School of Medicine, as they don their first white coats and mark the beginning of their journey into the art and science of healing.

The White Coat Ceremony is a symbolic event marking the entry of first-year students into the medical profession. During the ceremony, students will be individually garbed by in white clinicians' coats, a vivid symbol of the medical profession. The students come from all walks of life, including a West Point graduate who served in Afghanistan and a former Olympic figure skater, but they each share the drive and passion to become a physician and help patients.

Dr. Jameson began his own journey at the Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System this summer, coming to Penn Medicine from Northwestern University, where he served as vice president for medical affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine.

At the ceremony's conclusion, the entire class will recite the Hippocratic Oath, one of the oldest binding documents in history, where they will pledge to treat the ill to the best of one's ability, to preserve a patient's privacy, and to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation.

WHERE: Zellerbach Theatre
Annenberg Center
University of Pennsylvania
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2011

3:05 PM J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, presents welcoming remarks

3:15 PM Keynote address, A View from Both Sides of the Bed, presented by Marcelle Shapiro, MD, Perelman School of Medicine Alumni, '80

3:40 PM White coats presented by Gail Morrison, MD, vice dean for Education and director of the Office of Academic Programs and Stanley Goldfarb, MD, associate dean for Curriculum

4:40 PM Incoming class recites Hippocratic Oath

*The Penn Medicine Department of Communications can arrange interviews with students and speakers.


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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