On March 13, 2009 the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), Samuel Merritt University (SMU), held its thirteenth annual White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2012. Thirty nine first-year podiatry students in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program gathered at the Health Education Center on the Oakland Campus. In the presence of families, guests, faculty members and CSPM leaders the students formally received the symbolic white coat.
"This year's White Coat Ceremony gave our class the opportunity to thank our families and faculty for all the support and guidance they have given to lead us to this remarkable point in our lives," said Mark Razzante, first-year podiatric student. "The ceremony not only signified the transition of classroom to clinical education, but it provided a moment where our class exhibited unity and maturity."
The keynote address was delivered by Drs. Arnold Gold and Sandra Gold, the co-founders of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public organization dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine. The White Coat Ceremony was originated in 1993 at Columbia University by Dr. Arnold Gold.