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CSPM Holds 14th Annual White Coat Ceremony

Samuel Merritt University

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Mar. 10, 2010

CSPM Holds 14th Annual White Coat Ceremony

(OAKLAND, Calif., March 10, 2010)  - On March 12, 2010 the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), a school within Samuel Merritt University, will hold its fourteenth annual White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2013. 

Nearly fifty podiatry students in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program will formally receive their first white clinic coat in the presence of families, guests, faculty members and CSPM leaders.  The ceremony provides an opportunity for faculty and mentors to welcome the first year students into a wider circle of colleagues and it allows students to recognize significant individuals who have provided them with support throughout their education.

"In 1996 CSPM established the White Coat Ceremony to promote the importance of humanism in podiatric medicine, and to inspire teamwork in medicine," said Irma Walker-Adame, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs with the School of Podiatric Medicine, CSPM.  "The ceremony also signifies the transition from a basic science oriented classroom setting to the clinical arena of patient-centered learning."

Alden H. Harken, MD, Professor and Chair of the University of California, San Francisco - East Bay Department of Surgery, will deliver the keynote address to the assembled community and guests.  He plans to address the value and responsibility of what it means to enter into this profession.

"A profession accrues gratifying rewards while obligating important responsibilities," said Dr. Harken.  "Podiatry is a glorious profession.  A white coat symbolizes this profession.  In receiving a white coat you are accepting formidable rewards and incurring important responsibilities."

The White Coat Ceremony will be held at the Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center inside the Fontaine Auditorium.  The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.


Samuel Merritt University, located on 'Pill Hill' in Oakland, California, is educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.