Friday, May 14, 2010

The Cloak of Compassion

Monday was a special day.
It was the day Seth received his white coat.
The White Coat Ceremony is a "rite of passage" for students beginning the study of medicine that encourages a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine. The event emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient.

The white coat is a symbolic, non-verbal communication used to express and reaffirm a fundamental belief in a system that society observes. The authority of dress is serious and purposeful, not social, casual, or random. It is a guide to both the patient and clinician on how to react and relate to one another.
The uniform should convey to even the most anxious patient a sense of seriousness and purpose that helps provide reassurance and confidence that his/her complaints will be dealt with competently and seriously.
The students filled the seats.

Spotting Seth wasn't too hard...

But, just in case you missed his receding hairline...look behind the...floating head.

After some remarks, the procession began.
Then it was Seth's turn.

After receiving his coat, Dr. Yudcovitch, the keynote speaker, put a pin on that reads "Pacific Optometry Class of 2012."

Once everyone was seated again, all the students stood to recite the Optometric Oath.

Even though Seth's "not one for Pomp and Circumstance", I kept thinking to myself, "this really is a big deal!"
Seth has reached a turning point in his life!
What a great thing to celebrate.
Once the formalities were over, the class gathered together for a group shot.

Can you see Seth?
It's a little like Where's Waldo...

All of these hard-working men and women have passed from being just students and have become Optometric Interns!
We met outside for some good food and had more pictures taken.

We are SO PROUD!!
Seth with his friends: (L to R) Seth, Scott, Colton, Devin, Brandon, Eric, David, Shawn, Dave, and Aaron...

...and all of the wives: Jen, Jenny, me, Kristina, Jenn, Brianne, Erin, Tara, and Tana.

Seth, your hard work has been celebrated.
I'm so proud to be a part of this with you.
You are going to be a great Optometrist!

I know...
...because that white coat makes you look gooooood.
**thank you Kristina for the pictures!!!**
The white coat is the cloak of compassion.

1 comment:

The Bruin Fam said...

Just looking at your blog and realized that in the group photo is my cousin Dave! Crazy that you guys are up there with Dave and Tara. I hadn't made the connection until now.