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PHILADELPHIA — The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will welcome 168 first-year medical students at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 16, when they receive their short white coats and stethoscopes—and start their journey into learning the art and science of healing.

Penn's incoming class hails from 33 states— nearly 20 percent of the students are from Pennsylvania—and 56 colleges from around the country.  A quarter of the students come from underrepresented minorities in the field of medicine.

During the event, students will be individually garbed in white clinicians’ coats, a vivid symbol of the medical profession, in the presence of family, friends, and faculty. At the conclusion, the entire class will recite the Hippocratic Oath, pledging to treat the ill to the best of their abilities, preserve each patient's privacy, and to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation.

The budding doctors also received an Apple iPad 3. The program—in its second year—represents the latest step in a 15-year technology investment by the School to bring medical curriculum into the digital age, says Gail Morrison, MD, senior vice dean for Education. The device replaces 20,000 sheets (40 reams) of black-and-white printed class notes per student, serving as both an e-reader and a delivery system for animated, full-color images of the human body, with the capability for real-time updates to the course curriculum.


Zellerbach Theatre
Annenberg Center
University of Pennsylvania
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


August 16, 2013 (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm) (**White Coat presentation starts at 3:40 pm**)


Panel participants will include:

  • 3:05 p.m. – 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, presents welcoming remarks
  • 3:15 PM - Keynote address, Where You’re Headed: To Be Determined, presented by Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, associate professor of Medicine and director of the Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program at the Perelman School of Medicine
  • 3:40 p.m. – White coats presented by Gail Morrison, MD, senior vice dean for Education and director of the Office of Academic Programs, and Stanley Goldfarb, MD, associate dean for Curriculum
  • 4:40 p.m. – 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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