News Release

August 12, 2009

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Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System

Invitation to Cover: Large Penn Medicine Incoming Class Starts Medical Careers Amid Tumultuous Health Care Reform Debates Nationwide

Annual White Coat Ceremony Marks First Rite of Passage into Art of Medicine

PHILADELPHIA – Far away from town hall showdowns on the future of health care in America, the next generation of doctors is preparing to don their first white coats, a sign of commitment and optimism as they begin learning the art and science of healing. The 161 individuals in the Perelman School of Medicine’s entering class of 2009 will recite the time honored Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm” in front of family and friends on Friday as they start their medical careers. Ranging from 21 to 28 years in age, students in the class represent 61 colleges and 31 states from around the country – nearly one quarter are from Pennsylvania. However the health care reform debate is resolved, these men and women stand ready to follow in the Penn Medicine tradition of compassionate care, advanced medicine and putting patients first.


Zellerbach Theatre [directions and map]
Annenberg Center
University of Pennsylvania
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Friday, August 14, 2008
3 - 5 PM


3:05 PM

Keynote address, Tradition, presented by Ernest F. Rosato, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

3:45 PM

White coats presented by Gail Morrison, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs and Stanley Goldfarb, MD, Associate Dean for Curriculum

4:40 PM

Incoming class recites Hippocratic Oath


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.

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