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August 23, 2012

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White Coat Ceremony, Class of 2016

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“As we pursue our medical careers, we won’t cure everybody, but in our passion and dedication in caring for them, we will give them inspiration.”

It was Friday morning, August 10, 2012 at Temple’s Performing Arts Center and David W. Hartman, MD ’76 was addressing the School of Medicine’s Class of 2016.

“We all have strengths and weaknesses, he said, commenting on the essential role of partnership in the physician-patient contract and in the human contract. “Temple is a community where we all help each other,” he said.

It was the day of the White Coat Ceremony—a day of celebration and a rite of passage to mark the beginning of an exciting journey for the School’s 207 newest matriculants, who were learning about Dr. Hartman’s extraordinary journey and contributions to medicine.

Although Dr. Hartman lost his vision at age 8, the physician who worked so hard to save his eyesight served as his inspiration to study medicine. And Temple took the extraordinary step of accepting him—a blind student—to its medical school in 1972
“I stand before you as a product of Temple” said Dr. Hartman. “The School of Medicine had the courage to take on my case,” Dr. Hartman told the students, using that as an example of the courage that dedicated, successful people must muster from time to time as they journey through their lives’ careers. So rare was it then for medical schools to accept students with disabilities that Dr. Hartman and the School received national recognition for paving the way.

“We all have strengths and weaknesses” he said, commenting on the essential role of partnership in both the physician-patient and the human contracts. “Temple is a community where we all help each other.” Reminding the students that they, too, have the ability to inspire their patients, he continued, “This is a wonderful profession and I congratulate you for choosing it and for becoming part of the Temple family,”

Currently a psychiatrist based in Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Hartman has devoted his career to the treatment of the mentally ill in our society. He is associate professor at Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine and section chief of outpatient psychiatry at Carilion Clinic–and well-known for helping those with disabilities excel to their fullest potential. He has received numerous awards for his dedication and patient advocacy, including the N. Neal Pike Prize for Service to People with Disabilities and the Mental Health Association Volunteer of the Year Award. He has served on many state and national boards, including the National Accreditation Council for the Blind and the Commonwealth of Virginia State Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Dean and CEO of Temple’s healthcare enterprise, presided over the ceremony, reminding the students that “It’s been a long and arduous process to get here, but it’s only just beginning,” Dr. Kaiser said. “Try to never lose that exuberance that got you here today.”


A line of TUSM faculty members greeted the new students and formally “coated” them with the white coats they will wear throughout their four-year education at Temple. The white coats are the universal uniform of the physician, and symbolize both their professional and personal integrity.

The White Coat ceremony also featured the induction of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s inaugural class of Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Scholars at Temple. The aim of the honor society is to recognize, support and promote the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. The students inducted as Gold Humanism Honor Society scholars, all members of the Class of 2016, were selected by their peers for their excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.