Watch the recording of the 2023 White Coat Ceremony.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted a White Coat Ceremony Jan. 13 to welcome the physician assistant (P.A.) Class of 2024 to clinical care.

The white coat ceremony is a tradition to recognize students who seek a role in clinical practice. The white coats symbolize the responsibilities they accept in caring for individuals, including competent evidence-based and person-centered care, excellent interpersonal and communication, systems-based practice and the highest level of professionalism. The ceremony underscores those responsibilities and the students’ commitment to care for the people they come in contact with over the span of their careers.

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P.A. Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony

4 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Welcome and introductions

Stephen J. Cavanagh
Dignity Health Dean’s Chair for Nursing Leadership,
Dean and Professor

Keynote speaker

Teresa Thetford
Physician Assistant Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor

Student remarks

Victoria McKinney-Brooks
P.A. Class of 2023

White coat presentation

Phil Emond
Assistant Clinical Professor

Nitsa Sebat
Assistant Clinical Professor

Michelle Touw
Assistant Clinical Professor