Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes 250 students to its first combined White Coat Ceremony

Eric and Dora Habib

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's 19th White Coat Ceremony has a special significance for the Habib family of Oakville.

On August 25, 2015, siblings, Eric, Medicine Class of 2019, and Dora, Dentistry Class of 2019, will receive their White Coats together at the first combined White Coat Ceremony at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Both siblings chose Schulich Medicine & Dentistry because of its tight-knit student community and balance between academic and personal life.

“We’re close friends who have been there for each other during our struggles; so, I’m really looking forward to having that support system during medical school,” said Eric.

Dora sees the opportunity to bring students from the two disciplines together. “It’s good to meet people outside of what you’re doing because it gives you a broader view of health care in general,” said Dora.

"While it is unique to have a combined school of both medicine and dentistry, it is intuitive,” said Dr. Michael Strong, dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “So many of our modern day illnesses find their origins in oral diseases and so much of our practice of medicine needs to consider the individual as a whole, that bringing together both Medical and Dental students for this truly memorable event is just a natural first step in their careers."

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will hold its White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, August 25th at Alumni Hall on Western’s campus. Students and their families will begin arriving at 8 a.m. for registration, with the formal program beginning at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The White Coat Ceremony will bring together 250 students, including 38 students from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Program, 56 Schulich Dentistry students and 20 students from the Internationally Trained Dentists Program.

The White Coat Ceremony is a symbolic milestone, when students are presented with the white coats synonymous with their careers. Donning the white coat represents the official beginning of training for future doctors and dentists, welcoming them into their professions.