The second annual White Coat Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 12, in the sanctuary at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University campus. 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. Alan Otsuki, Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs at Emory University School of Medicine, opened the program with Welcoming Remarks. Catherine Maloney, Director, Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory Healthcare, and an Emory physical therapy program alumna, gave the Keynote Address. The White Coats were presented to the Division of Physical Therapy Class of 2012 by Dr. Susan J. Herdman, Professor and Director, and Jeff Hoder, Assistant Professor, 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 in the atrium of the Math and Science Building for faculty, students and family who attended the event. The officers from the DPT II class assisted during the ceremony and attended the reception to congratulate the DPT I students.