DPT White Coat-Pinning Ceremony 2020

Jun 10, 2020

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Doctor of Physical Therapy students prepared to embark on the clinical phase of their education after participating in the White Coat – Pinning Ceremony on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Manchester Center. Students, faculty and staff were present, masked, and socially distanced for the ceremony, which was livestreamed for family and friends to view.

Dr. Maria Altobello, Dean of the College of Health & Natural Sciences, reminded students to take time to listen to their patients, console them in times of need, and get them through the process with dignity. “Your patients will benefit most from your human touch.”

Courtney Mears ’21, president of the Physical Therapy Student Association, congratulated her fellow students and thanked faculty for their support, saying, “The white coat is a symbol of being a medical professional, of our responsibility to take care of our patients. For us, it’s also a symbol of the most challenging term of our lives, of the PT family we’ve become, and the love we’ve shared during this challenging and scary time.”

Dr. Mary Palaima, outgoing Program Director, and Dr. Ann Coventry, incoming Program Director, shared the honor of reading the names of the 51 students receiving their pins. Dr. Coventry concluded the ceremony by saying, “Congratulations on surviving Grad Term 3 – the longest term ever! We are sending you out for your clinical year, when all your didactic knowledge and hands-on skills get honed. You have what it takes – we hope to see all of you at a live hooding together next year!”

These second-year students will now begin 30 weeks of internship training prior to graduating in June 2021.
The ceremony can be viewed here.