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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

A Warm Welcome to New Trojan DDS and Dental Hygiene Students

The Ostrow School of Dentistry welcomed future dentists and dental hygienists to the profession during the 2010 White Coat Ceremony on August 27 in Bovard Auditorium.

The new students honored during the ceremony included the 144 members of the DDS Class of 2014, the 32 members of the Advanced Standing program for International Dentists Class of 2012, and the 34 members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2012.

Avishai Sadan, Dean of the School of Dentistry, spoke of the various opportunities that the future dental professionals will have, from clinical practice and research to community outreach and leadership roles within the profession.

“When it comes to career choices, the beauty of dentistry that it’s never all or none,” he said. “You can combine any of the aforementioned fields to create a unique career path that will make your journey on earth a meaningful one.”

He also emphasized the solemn vow that donning the white coat symbolizes.

“It symbolizes obligation and commitment, not privilege,” Sadan said. “By putting this coat on today you commit yourself to always put your patients first, to always do only what is right for them and to never compromise the ethical and clinical standards for which the Ostrow School of Dentistry is known.”

The new students also heard from fellow members of the student body. Associated Student Body President Jacqueline Ricohermoso told students that the White Coat Ceremony marked the start of “one of the greatest journeys of your lives.”

Scott Morita, Class of 2010 President and Orthodontics resident, spoke to students on behalf of the Century Club alumni support group and described Ostrow alumni as a unique family of top-notch professionals.

“There are two types of dental professionals,” Morita said; “dentists and hygienists, and Trojan dentists and hygienists.”