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Posted February 09, 2011

Fifty two second year students of the Class of 2013 of the University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine received their white coats in a ceremony held on January 12, 2011. This is the sixth year that the White Coat Ceremony has existed in Colorado. The white coats are presented to the second year students as they prepare to enter the clinic floor.

Dean Denise K. Kassebaum, a PFA Fellow, gave the Dean’s welcome and introduction. The history and significance of the white coat was addressed by Dr. Brad Potter. The ceremony was funded by the American College of Dentists Colorado Chapter, the International College of Dentists Colorado Chapter, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Colorado Chapter. The students, their families and guests, and the faculty of the school were addressed by the three heads of the Colleges in Colorado. Dr. Randy Kluender represented ACD, Dr. James Setterberg represented ICD, and Dr. Terry Brewick represented PFA. In addition, Dr. Brian Brada spoke for the University Of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine Alumni Association. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. David Chambers, Journal Editor of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Chambers spoke on ethics.

Drs. Kluender, Setterberg and Brewick presented the students with their white coats. After the reading of the Dentist’s Pledge there was a reception for the students and their families and guests.

In addition to paying their portion of monies to help support the White Coat Ceremony, the Colorado Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy presented the students with a large floral arrangement. The arrangement was composed of flowers representing the colors of each College and the Academy. Dr. Brewick, Colorado Section Chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, in his brief remarks informed the group about the colors. American red rose and lavender statice were used for the American College, the Internal College was represented by gold roses and the greens representing pantone green, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy was represented by blue delphiniums, white and red roses. The Pierre Fauchard colors represent the colors of the French flag. Dr. Brewick pointed out to the group it was the seventy fifth anniversary of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and that our International President, Dr. Hubert Ouvrard, was from Paris, France. The students and their families were encouraged to take home a flower to remember the ceremony.