The Emory University Division of Physical Therapy held its first annual White Coat Ceremony on September 6th, 2008, in Glen Memorial Sanctuary. The ceremony marks the student’s transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences and also initiates them in physical therapy ethics.
Dr. J. William Eley, Executive Associate Dean/Medical Education and Student Affairs, Emory University School of Medicine, opened the program with Welcoming Remarks, and Dr. Carol E. Coogler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Rehabilitation, gave the Keynote Address. The White Coats were presented to the Division of Physical Therapy Classes of 2010 and 2011 by Dr. Susan J. Herdman, Professor and Director and Dr. Zoher Kapasi, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. David T. Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, provided the Closing Remarks for the program.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Susan Herdman led the students in a recitation of the APTA “Code of Ethics.” A reception followed the ceremony.