The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Class of 2020 had cause for celebration and reflection at the White Coat Ceremony on April 24, symbolizing the educational transition from the classroom into the clinic. In front of family and friends, they recited an oath pledging their commitment to the profession of physical therapy and compassionate care for their future patients. View the D.P.T. Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony photo gallery and video.
Michael J. Majsak, P.T., Ed.D., associate professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, welcomed the crowd to the momentous occasion. “The ceremony today is an explicit expression of our students committing themselves to the professional and ethical obligations of a Doctor of Physical Therapy as they begin the privilege of dedicating themselves to the care of others,” said Dr. Majsak.
The sentiment was echoed by other guest speakers including Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, and Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs.
Students shared their emotions of the day. “My heart and mind were quite full that afternoon: I was reassured that we will learn to strike a balance between being meticulous and yet not too mentally preoccupied that we miss simply being emotionally available to our patients. I was also humbled by the reminder that it is no longer about us — ego, accolades and proving ourselves — but that the welfare of our patients above our own is now paramount. In short, the White Coat Ceremony challenged and stirred me as much as it encouraged me,” said Menherit Goodwyn, D.P.T. Class of 2020.