White Coat ceremony to mark student’s entry into dental profession


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – New dental and dental hygiene students will mark their entry into the health care field during the University of Louisville School of Dentistry White Coat ceremony Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. These students will put on their white coats and take dentistry’s pledge – reminding students of their responsibility and professionalism for clinical excellence at the beginning of their training.

    “Under the direction of our experienced faculty, students have the opportunity to treat patients early in their dental education,” said John Sauk, DDS, MS, dean, UofL School of Dentistry. “This ceremony helps students remember the importance of showing compassion and empathy for their patients, and treating them with respect.”

    More than 2,900 applicants competed for the 120 dental student seats. These DMD students, along with 30 dental hygiene students will be the first group to experience the newly renovated UofL School of Dentistry during their entire dental academic careers.

    The $45.2-million-dollar renovation project added more than 20,000 square feet and renovated another 211,000 square feet. Enhancements consist of updates to infrastructure, operatory equipment and clinical education support. Other features include new digital radiography, incorporation of an electronic health records system and state-of-the-art classroom technology. Improvements in patient waiting rooms and clinical space include new chairs, lighting, cabinetry and touch-screen computer terminals.

    These technological advances will make “our students more career ready,” Sauk said.

    The White Coat ceremony will take place at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Alumni Chapel, 2825 Lexington Road.

    For more information contact Dianne Foster, dianne.foster@louisville.edu, 502-852-1325 or 502-963-6883.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.