Each year dental and dental hygiene students mark the beginning of their entry to patient care with the White Coat Ceremony. Begun at VCU in 1999, the ceremony is symbolic within the health care professions. At the ceremony, students are coated by faculty or family members who are dental health professionals. The presentation of the student’s white coat indicates they accept the serious responsibility for patient care and dedication to the profession.
The Dentist’s Pledge was written by Dr. Rob Strauss, a VCU School of Dentistry faculty member, and a group of VCU students. It was then adopted by the American Dental Association.