On April 9, OSU medical students will follow a time-honored tradition of celebrating their transition from second to third year of medical school. The transition marks the point at which they move from the preclinical to the clinical portion of their training. One of three signature programs offered to medical schools through the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Student Clinician’s Ceremony joins the White Coat and the Gold Humanism Honor Society induction ceremonies in marking an important milestone in the students’ commitment as future physicians and care-givers.
This year’s program will feature a keynote speaker, a reception, and the announcement of recipients of the Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominated by third- and fourth-year medical students, the award recipients are chosen for exhibiting particularly strong teaching skills and for serving as role models for compassionate, relationship-centered care. The program will also include a group recitation of the Medical School Oath, written by this year’s class expressing their commitment to excellence, professionalism, ethical behavior and compassion in ministering to the health and well being of their patients.
The Student Clinician’s Ceremony aims to address some of the anxiety students experience when entering their clerkships. By providing insight, discussing fears and expectations, and revisiting the oath taken during the White Coat Ceremony, the Student Clinician’s Ceremony provides a forum for collective and reflective discussion of the students’ experiences.