First White Coat Ceremony in Memphis
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program at Christian Brothers University (CBU) made history on May 4 in the University Theater when it coated its first cohort, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Not only was this the inaugural PA White Coat Ceremony at CBU but it marks the first ever in Memphis.
In all 31 members of the Class of 2014 were proudly given the traditional student consultative White Coat made possible through the generous support of dedicated, anonymous donors. “This was a monumental event for CBU and the Memphis community which was evidenced by the number of individuals who joined us for the event,” stated Dr. Mark Scott, Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. “The support of the program by physicians and individuals has been overwhelming and is reflective of the University’s impact on this community. We embrace the phrase, ‘Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve’, and are committed to the tenets of the PA profession and needs of our community.”
The White Coat Ceremony itself was started by Dr. Arnold P. Gold at Columbia University’s College of Physicians And Surgeons in 1993 and has since been adopted at many Health Professional Schools across the Nation. By having a ceremony where entering students are “cloaked” with their very first white lab coat, particular attention is called to the individual’s choice to become a Health Sciences Educator, Physician Assistant, or Physical Therapist, and of equal importance, bringing to focus the true meaning of that choice – that one must cure, but also care.
Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine, issue prescriptions, and practice in all medical fields including primary care, internal medicine and subspecialties, as well as surgical and emergency care. The PA’s scope of practice may also include education, research, and administrative services. To learn more about the Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU, visit www.cbu.edu/pas or call (901) 321-3388.