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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 2011 White Coat Ceremony on August 26 in Bovard Auditorium.

The new students honored during the ceremony included the 144 members of the DDS Class of 2015, the 32 members of the Advanced Standing program for International Dentists Class of 2013, and the 40 members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2013.

Avishai Sadan, Dean of the Ostrow 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 before leading the students in their oath, “The Making of an Oral Health Professional.”

“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.”

New Dental Hygiene student Farnaz Jahangiri called the ceremony “unforgettable.”

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I’ve dreamt of wearing the white coat since I was a child.”

DDS student Craig Lambourne mentioned both the pride and the responsibility that comes with being called “doctor.”

“We’ve got a lot of expectations on us,” he said.

For Ali Jahani, a new student in the ASPID program, the occasion was her second white coat ceremony but a special event nonetheless, as it welcomed her into the Trojan family.

“It’s great to be here with my family and new friends,” she said. “I’m now officially a Trojan.”