CSPM's 15th Annual White Coat Ceremony

Samuel Merritt University

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Elizabeth Valente, SMU Media Dir.



CSPM's 15th Annual White Coat Ceremony

(OAKLAND, Calif., March 29, 2011) On Friday, April 1, the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) will hold its 15th annual White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2014. More than forty 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."

Michael Cornelison, DPM, and President of the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), will deliver the keynote address to the assembled community and guests.

The White Coat Ceremony will begin at 6:00pm at the Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center inside the Fontaine Auditorium.

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909. 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, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.

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