August 10, 2006

CONTACT:Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

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WHAT: The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Entering Class of 2006 “White Coat Ceremony” and Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath

The 151 members of Penn's incoming class of medical students hailing from 26 states and 57 colleges from around the country will be presented with the traditional “white coat” and also recite the Hippocratic Oath to mark the official beginning of their medical careers.

WHO: Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine, will give the keynote address “On Being a Doctor.”

Gail Morrison, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs ,will present the incoming class of medical students with their white coats.

WHEN: Friday, August 11, 2006
3 - 5 p.m.
WHERE: The University of Pennsylvania [map]
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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