This month’s editorial discusses the significance of the White Coat Ceremony in dental education, symbolizing a promise to uphold the profession with compassion and ethical standards. Dr. Smiley reflects on the challenges of teaching lasting ethical behavior and emphasizes the importance of personal values. He shares a real-life case of a classmate's unethical behavior leading to legal consequences, highlighting the role of peers in upholding ethical standards. The editorial encourages clinicians, whether they had a formal White Coat ceremony or not, to embrace the symbolic white coat as a daily reminder of their commitment to ethical patient care.
Smiley, Christopher J. DDS
"The Promise of the White Coat,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
9, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss9/4