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Students Inducted into the Dental Profession

Written by Adam Zewe

The dental class of 2016 and dental hygiene class of 2014 officially joined the professional ranks during the annual UMSOD White Coat Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 10. Students were welcomed into the dental profession by Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, who addressed the classes inside historic Davidge Hall. "Your professional integrity and values must define your life from this point forward," Dean Stohler remarks.

Students donned white coats, which are traditionally worn by health care providers, and recited the oath of dentistry. They pledged to prioritize the well-being of patients and promote the welfare of their communities. Dr. William H. Schneider, chairman of the UMSOD Board of Visitors, gave the keynote address. "I see this White Coat Ceremony as your declaration of interdependence. You are making a commitment to your patients," states Dr. Schneider.

The ceremony also included a special scholarship presentation. James Thoren, DDS '78, his wife, Nancy, and son, Jeffrey, presented the School of Dentistry with $25,000 to establish The Frank L. and Anne E. Iber Scholarship. The scholarship honors retired School of Medicine Professor Dr. Frank Iber and his wife, Anne, who mentored Dr. Thoren while he attended dental school. Dr. Thoren and his wife relied on financial and moral support provided by their close friends, the Ibers. The altruism shown by Dr. Iber and his wife sets a wonderful example for dental students, Dr. Thoren says. "Concentrate on helping each other and you will find that the person who benefits the most is you," he states.

For Colleen Browne DDS '16, the White Coat Ceremony felt like taking one step closer to becoming a dentist. "I'm looking forward to mastering all the skills I need to be a dentist. I want to be able to serve my community," she states. The ceremony is more than a milestone -- it unifies the students, says Shaun Stinson, DDS '16. "I see it as a vow we are taking to dentistry, that we will be the best practitioners that we can," he declares.

Click here to see a Facebook photo gallery from the White Coat Ceremony.


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