On Friday, January 28, the inaugural class of the PA program at Ithaca College held its white coat ceremony in Emerson Suites. Intended for first year students in medical, nursing and physician assistant programs, the white coat ceremony is a rite of passage that serves to welcome students to healthcare practice and elevate the value of humanism as the core of healthcare. It provides a powerful emphasis on compassion in combination with scientific excellence.
“The donning of the white coat symbolizes the movement from learner to health care profession trainee,” said Susan Salahshor, director of the PA program and assistant professor. “It is the outward evidence of the great responsibility placed on health care professionals. It is humbling, motivating, makes one proud of the decision to pursue the profession and places the professional responsibilities on the white coat recipient to follow the PA oath. It is one of the proudest moments on the journey to being a PA.”