The White Coat Ceremony, marking the entry of III BDS students to the undergraduate clinical programme, was organised in the SDM Dental College auditorium on 24th August 2015. The Ceremony involved the official handing over of the White Coat to students, which they use in clinics while treating patients. The programme was attended by faculty of SDM Dental and Medical Colleges, parents and students of III BDS.
The programme began with a prayer invoking the almighty. Prof. Srinath L. Thakur, Principal, welcomed the gathering. The Chief Guest of the Ceremony was Dr. A. V. Kalamdani, Orthopeadic Surgeon, Hubli. Speaking on the occasion, Shri K. Jinendra Prasad Secretary, SDME Society, stressed on the importance of the white coat and advised the students to take utmost care of the patients. Shri Jeevandhar Kumar, Deputy Secretary of SDM Educational Society, Dharwad, urged students to practice dentistry with empathy and to put themselves in the patients’ shoes while providing dental care.
Prof. K.V.V. Prasad administered the dental oath Prof. Ramesh Nadiger intruduced the chief guest and, later, two students representing the entire batch pledged to maintain the sanctity of the white coat. Few of the parents also spoke on the occasion and expressed their happiness that their wards were studying at SDMCDS.The programme was capped with a vote of thanks by Prof. Balaram Naik.