August 9, 2007

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Invitation to Cover:
White Coat Signifies Beginning of Medical Career for New Doctors

Penn’s Entering Class of 2007 White Coat Ceremony

(PHILADELPHIA) –The 153 members of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s entering class of 2007, hailing from 31 states and 54 colleges from around the county, will be presented with the traditional “white coat” and recite the Hippocratic Oath to mark the official beginning of their medical careers.


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

WHEN: August 10, 2007
3 – 5 p.m.
  • Keynote Address, A Journey of Professionalism, presented by Richard A. Cooper, MD, Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
  • On Being a Doctor, presented by Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine
  • White coats presented by Gail Morrison, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs


PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in 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 currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. 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 — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “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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