University of Pittsburgh
August 5, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Aug. 6 -- The 146 members of this year's entering class at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will receive their first official medical white coats at a ceremony at the school this Sunday, August 9. Sponsored by the Pitt Medical Alumni Association, the ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in lecture halls 5 and 6 in Scaife Hall.

Each of the entering students will be presented with a white coat embroidered with his or her name. The presentation will be made by graduates and current students of the School of Medicine. Following the receipt of the coats, the students will be led in the recitation of the Hippocratic Oath by Charles E. Copeland, MD, Class of 1958.

Welcoming remarks will be made by Medical Alumni Association President Charles Bluestone, MD, Class of 1958, and the keynote speaker will be Ross H. Musgrave, MD, Class of 1943, who is the executive director of the Medical Alumni. Closing remarks will be given by Melissa McNeil, MD, Class of 1980.

This year's event will be the fourth annual white coat ceremony.