News Release

August 14, 2008

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Media Advisory

White Coat Ceremonies for UConn Medical, Dental Students

FARMINGTON, CONN. – It’s a symbolic induction into the profession of medicine. The University of Connecticut’s first-year medical and dental students will receive their white coats Friday.

Who/what: White Coat Ceremonies for the 85 members of the UConn School of Medicine Class of 2012 and the 43 members of the UConn School of Dental Medicine Class of 2012.

When: Friday, Aug. 15. The UConn School of Dental Medicine White Coat Ceremony starts at 3 p.m. The UConn School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony starts at 4:45 p.m.

Where: Keller Auditorium, ground floor, main building, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

To get to the UConn Health Center main entrance: Entering the campus from Route 4, at the first stop sign, continue straight. Bear left at the fork and continue up the hill. The main entrance is straight past next the stop sign. Visitor parking is available on the other side of the gate. Directions to the UConn Health Center are available at

During the ceremonies, the dental students will recite the American Dental Association Dentist’s Pledge, and the medical students will recite the Hippocratic Oath. More information is available at

Scheduled speakers:
R. Lamont MacNeil, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., dean, UConn School of Dental Medicine
Steven Lepowsky, D.D.S., associate dean for education and patient care, School of Dental Medicine
Michael Goupil, D.D.S., M.Ed., M.B.A., associate dean for students, School of Dental Medicine
Arthur Hand, D.D.S., assistant dean for medical and graduate education, School of Dental Medicine
Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., dean, UConn School of Medicine
Bruce Koeppen, M.D., Ph.D., dean for academic affairs, UConn School of Medicine
Thomas Regan, M.D., chair, admissions committee, UConn School of Medicine
Anthony Ardolino, M.D., associate dean, medical student affairs, UConn School of Medicine

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