Shubhra Shetty, MD delivers The Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture
A U.S. Army combat medic, a Fulbright scholar and Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers; 28 students with graduate degrees and 28 students who are the first member of their family to go to college. These and other accomplished future doctors received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) held its 10th annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Friday, Aug. 3 at the St. Robert Bellarmine Theater at Scranton Preparatory School.
The Class of 2022’s 114 future doctors participated in a ceremony, held in common with virtually every other medical school in the nation, designed to welcome new medical students into the profession. Students recited an oath acknowledging their responsibilities as future physicians and their obligations to future patients. Then they were cloaked with the white coat – the mantle of the medical profession – by Michael Ferraro, MD and Janet Townsend, MD, both regional associate deans and members of GCSOM’s faculty. White coats were provided by The Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.
At the ceremony, GCSOM’s president and dean, Steven J. Scheinman, MD, reminded the students that despite the pace of change and the wonders of new technology, “What needs to remain constant through, or even despite, all of this is your relationship with the patient. Many things in our brave new world of modern medicine conspire to separate you from them . . . this is where oaths come in.” Dr. Scheinman urged the Class of 2022 to return to their White Coat ceremony oath throughout their education and their careers as a means to keep “your relationship with the patient central to your identity as a physician.”
Shubhra Shetty, MD, presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the well-respected physician and educator from Luzerne County. Dr. Shetty is regional associate dean and professor of medicine at GCSOM. Her career was greatly affected during her residency training in Brooklyn in the early ’90s, when the HIV/AIDS and crack epidemics were at their peak. Her experiences caring for AIDS patients led Dr. Shetty to a career as an infectious disease specialist. She helped establish and serves as medical director of the first Ryan White Clinic in the northeast Pennsylvania region, which serves a seven-county area.
A reception immediately followed in the lobby of GCSOM's Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street, Scranton.
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