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Nighttime view of Temple University Children's Medical Center Temple University Hospital in background, Kresge Hall (left) and Medical Research Building (right) in foreground Old Medical School building in foreground, Jones Hall, General Services building and Student Faculty Center to the right

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August 11, 2011

CONTACT: Giselle Zayon gzayon@temple.edu




Before attending their first anatomy lecture or touching their first stethoscope, the members of Temple University School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 took part in a rite of passage for first-year medical students: the White Coat Ceremony.

Celebrated with family and friends at the closing of medical school orientation week, the 2011 White Coat Ceremony, held on August 5 at the Temple Performing Arts Center, welcomed students to the medical profession and to Temple University. During the ceremony, faculty members formally coated the students with the white coats they will don throughout their four-year medical school education. The coats symbolize the professional ethics they will uphold as students and as future physicians and researchers.

Before the coating portion of the ceremony began, School of Medicine Dean Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, welcomed the 211 new students into the Temple community, reminding them that they have only just entered a new world of learning.

“The art and science of medicine is life-long learning. It’s not a continuing education, it’s a continuous education,” said Dr. Kaiser. “From the moment you put on that coat, you will become part of a great profession and all that goes with it.”

Keynote speaker Bennett Lorber, MD, MACP, Thomas M. Durant Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, concurred. He told the incoming class that in all his years as a physician, he has remained just as enthusiastic about the profession as he was at the start.


“I have looked forward to going to work every day, and I have learned something new each day,” he said.


Dr. Lorber reminded the students to take their studies seriously, but also to remain active with their lives outside of the classroom. He said that staying in touch with friends and family, as well as seeking creative outlets, is important to a physician’s career.


“Take care of yourselves, so you can take care of your patients,” he said.
After the addresses, Richard Kozera, MD, Executive Associate Dean of the School, called up students in groups to be formally coated by faculty. Matthew Zuber was the final student to slip his arms into a waiting coat, this one held by the Dean. The audience erupted into applause as Dr. Kaiser coated Mr. Zuber, officially marking the entrance of the entire Class of 2015 into Temple University.