BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Class of 2018 of the University at
Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will participate
in the White Coat Ceremony at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 15, in the Center
for the Arts on the UB North Campus.
The White Coat Ceremony is a symbolic rite of passage shared by
medical students across the U.S. to establish a psychological
contract for professionalism and empathy in the practice of
At the ceremony, all 144 medical students will take the Oath of
Medicine. During the "calling of the class," students will be
called to the stage individually to be presented with their coat
while their undergraduate institution and hometown is identified by
Charles M. Severin, MD, PhD, UB associate dean for medical
education and admissions.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean
of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will give the
welcome, where he traditionally tells the students: "You have
earned the right to wear one. Now you must earn the right to keep
The keynote address will be given by Helen Cappuccino, MD, a
medical school alumna, clinical assistant professor of surgery at
UB and assistant professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer
Institute in Buffalo.
Kirk A. Scirto, MD, a medical school alumnus, clinical assistant
professor of family medicine and a family physician with Jericho
Road Community Health Center, will be presented with the 2014
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
For press arrangements, please contact Ellen Goldbaum in the UB
Office of University Communications at 716-645-4605 or 716-771-9255