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Spirit, smiles and selfies take centre stage at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony

The Schulich Medicine & Dentistry community welcomed more than 200 incoming Medicine and Dentistry students at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony on August 30.  

An important tradition at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry since 1996, the White Coat Ceremony signifies the start of a four-year educational journey. Putting on the white coat is a powerful moment for students, as it marks a bond with their chosen profession and the beginning of a new professional identity.

This is the second year the School hosted a combined Ceremony, including 38 students from the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus, 56 Dentistry students and 20 students from the Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) program.

Dr. Michael J. Strong, dean, addressed the School’s newest students, speaking about the strong link between medicine and dentistry. 

“We believe that caring for an individual means caring for every aspect of their health. We all bring expertise to the table,” he said. “Physicians and dentists are among the most trusted professions. And it is an earned trust.” 

Dr. Strong also emphasized the importance of life-long learning. “What you start today is just the beginning, you’re going to be learning for the rest of your life,” he said. 

Please enjoy a selection of photos from the 2016 White Coat Ceremony. Can’t see the slideshow below? View online.