Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony | News

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony | News

A forensic accountant with the FBI; a Buenos Aires tour guide; an actor; a stagehand; 24 students who are the first member of their family to go to college and other accomplished future doctors received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine held its 12th annual White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2025 on Saturday at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton.

The class of 2025’s 115 future doctors participated in a ceremony, held in virtually every other medical school in the nation, designed to welcome new medical students into the profession. Students recited an oath acknowledging their responsibilities as future physicians and their obligations to future patients. Then they were cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession. White coats were provided by the Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.

At the ceremony, GCSM’s president and dean, Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., reminded the students that despite the pace of change and the wonders of new technology, “What needs to remain constant through, or even despite, all of this is your relationship with the patient. Many things in our brave new world of modern medicine conspire to separate you from them . . . this is where oaths come in.” Scheinman urged the class of 2025 to return to their White Coat Ceremony oath throughout their education and their careers as a means to keep “your relationship with the patient central to your identity as a physician.”

John Farrell, M.D., presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the respected physician and educator from Luzerne County. Farrell is an associate in radiology in Geisinger’s Northeast Region. He is an assistant professor of radiology at GCSM and the assistant chair of radiology in the Diagnostic Medicine Institute at Geisinger.

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