Lock Haven University PA students took their White Coat Pledge on April 29, marking their transition to the clinical phase of their training.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Sixty-six students in the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program donned their white coats for the first time during the White Coat Ceremony on April 29, 2011. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Traditionally, the White Coat Ceremony marks the transition that healthcare providers make from classroom science-based education to clinical sciences and patient contact. It serves to remind them of the need for compassion and caring in the healing arts and recognizes the students’ academic accomplishments to date and the trust they have attained from the faculty to being caring for patients in the clinical realm.
In a ceremony intended to celebrate “Humanism in Medicine” the student address was delivered by Dr. Mark Dembert Capt (MC) Ret, Chief of Psychiatry for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Dr. Dembert presented a series of stories that provided guidance on how students should approach the care of their patients and practice. The faculty recognized the student’s accomplishments in the classroom and attested to their preparedness to enter the clinical phase of training.
Program Medical Director Dr. Michael R. Greenberg administered the White Coat Pledge: “It is with honor that we don our white coats from this day forth. We pledge by what we hold most sacred to use it not as a shield but as a bridge to reach out to those entrusted to our care. We shall strive with passion and humility to create lasting alliances in health, pursue professional integrity and provide compassionate care for all.”
Walter Eisenhauer, director of the LHU PA Program, said “This represents the largest class in the history of the PA Program to be administered the oath of office, thanks to the recent expansion of the program to the Coudersport and Harrisburg locations.”
The White Coat Ceremony had its origins at Columbia University Medical School and is sponsored nationwide at medical colleges and PA programs to promote humanism in medicine.
Lock Haven University’s Physician Assistant Program has earned a top-25 ranking in the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate programs.
Lock Haven University offers the Physician Assistant Program at its main campus in Lock Haven, at its Clearfield Campus, at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, and at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. The mission of the LHU Physician Assistant Program is to educate and train highly-skilled physician assistants who are capable of providing quality health care; have expertise in the health care needs of the medically underserved; are prepared to critically evaluate, and become leaders in bringing about improvement in the medical and social systems that affect the health of underserved populations; and will seek and retain employment as primary care Physician Assistants in medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The program was last reviewed in 2005 and received a six year accreditation cycle. Information regarding PA Program Accreditation and ARC-PA can be found at http://www.arc-pa.org/.