Residents Celebrated at Long White Coat Ceremony – UB Now: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff


The new doctors donned their long white coats for the first time in an outdoor ceremony on June 21 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo.

The seventh annual Residents’ Long White Coats Ceremony – sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) – celebrated a transition for new residents, as they donned their long white coats to replace the short white coats. which they had received when they entered medical school.

This year’s class, made up of 271 residents and fellows, is from 29 different countries and is between 24 and 43 years old; the class is made up of 154 men and 117 women. Fifty-six of the new residents graduated from the Jacobs School medical education program and seven graduated from UB’s School of Dental Medicine.

The ceremony took place along Washington Street, next to the Jacobs School building. Banners hung from the lampposts on Washington Street, High Street and Main Street to greet residents and comrades.

“The uncertainty over COVID-19 restrictions and the desire to come together in person after a year of virtual learning and interviews, created an imperative to welcome the new class of residents to the doorstep of Jacobs School, symbolizing the Buffalo Education Center. Niagara Medical Campus, ”says Roseanne C. Berger, Senior Associate Dean for Higher Medical Education.

“For me, this event symbolized a ‘new beginning’ for the residents and for our community.

The ceremony began with an expression of gratitude and gratitude that UB resides in the territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, a sovereign nation affirmed by the state of New York.

“This recognition brought attention to the original inhabitants of this country at a time when we have learned about the rich history and diversity of our people and the obligation we owe them as physicians and dentists,” said Berger. .

“The pandemic has highlighted the disparities in healthcare that will affect this generation of physicians as clinicians, scientists, educators, colleagues and advocates,” she notes. “The humanistic behavior and confidence symbolized by the long white coat must be won through listening and thoughtful actions. “

Susan M. Orrange, GME’s Assistant Dean for Education and Resident Services, explains that during residency, peer support becomes essential to resident education and practice.

“To underscore the importance of humanistic and compassionate support for one another, the GME Long White Coat ceremony involves residents covering each other and celebrating together,” Orrange said. “Residents celebrate with photos and also by acknowledging the commitments they now make as physicians.

“We have personalized our GME Code of Business Conduct, and residents recite a series of commitments they make: to a culture of respect, compassion and integrity; to patients and their families; teachers, colleagues and staff; and to themselves, ”she adds.

“It emphasizes the specific ways we value and expect professionalism here in Buffalo. “

The event ended with a recitation of the Hippocratic Oath which is a tradition of the white coat ceremony.

“In the past, we’ve held the ceremony on the last day of orientation,” says Orrange. “This year, we decided to place it at the very beginning of the week, to serve as a welcome and a basis for everything that will follow.

Berger gave an opening speech at the ceremony. Other speakers included:

  • Michael E. Cain, vice president of health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, who gave advice to the gathered crowd, family members and friends.
  • Gregory S. Cherr, Associate Dean for Higher Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer (DIO), who spoke about the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Code of Conduct for UB Residents.
  • Joseph E. Gambacorta, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the School of Dentistry, who spoke about the interprofessional teams needed to provide effective care to bridge health care disparities.

The event was planned in conjunction with the Richard Sarkin Medical School Chapter Emeritus of the Gold Humanism Honor Society UB, which started the tradition of holding white coat ceremonies in the 1990s to symbolize that humanism remains at the heart of all medical care.

UB is one of 14 medical residency programs nationwide that houses a residency chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

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