Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony
University of North Dakota
Friday, January 28, 2011, marked a special day for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. Fifty-seven new students received their white coats, an honor and privilege signifying the transition from student to professional. Students donning the coat came from area towns such as Crookston, MN, and Northwood, ND, but also from cities in Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, and more.
Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs Gwen Halaas, MD, MBA, addressed the class and the many family members and friends in attendance. Her talk, which was both emotional and uplifting, concentrated on the responsibility of the white coat - what it means for the professional wearing it, and for the patients receiving care.
The ceremony was capped off as the class recited the Physician Assistant Professional Oath. Fellow PAs in attendance were encouraged to renew their oath at the same time.
Congratulations to the 57 students in the Physician Assistant Program recently earning their white coats.
Jillian Jacobson Epp
Jennifer Van Hecke
University of North Dakota. "Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony" (2011). UND News Archive. 17.