New DMD Students Begin Their Journey With Gratitude and Enthusiasm

August 13, 2018
Class of 2022

Thirty-six new DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) students arrived on campus in early August eager to begin their dental careers at Harvard. The enrollees hail from 16 states and join HSDM from more than 27 different colleges and universities. They were selected from a group of over 1,000 prospective students, representing just under 5% of the applicant pool.

The morning of August 6, the DMD students joined their HMS classmates for welcome remarks by the deans of the respective schools. The dental and medical students will spend the first year of their education together in the Pathways curriculum.

Donoff Orientation Remarks
HSDM Dean Bruce Donoff addresses the Class of 2022 at Orientation
“As Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, it is a pleasure to welcome the classes of 2022 here as you begin the adventure of professional education and training,” Dean Bruce Donoff said.

“You as physicians and dentists must earn and sustain your patients’ and society’s trust. In this age of information glut, your education for lifelong learning and helping people begins today,” he told the new students. “I look forward to following your growth and achievements with great pride.”

The week’s orientation activities included introductions within the Harvard community and beyond. Students were introduced to their academic societies, where they got to know the classmates and faculty they will rely on throughout their educational journey. They also stepped outside of Longwood to tour community health centers in Boston’s underserved communities, from Chelsea to Roxbury. Meeting with local community leaders, they learned firsthand about the about the social determinants of health. They also attended their first patient clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where they heard directly from patients about their personal battles with illness.

Student gets White Coat
DMD student Faraz Shamsi tries on his white coat for the first time

The week concluded with the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 10, held on the Quad. Students donned their white coats and stepped onstage one by one to introduce themselves. Many expressed gratitude to their family, friends and mentors who helped get them to this point in their careers.

“Today is the culmination of many, many years of hard work…it is the beginning of your evolution both personal and professional from being a student to becoming a doctor,” HMS Dean George Q. Daley said.

“You have the opportunity to realize your dreams for what you will do and for who you will become. You will have an opportunity to use your extraordinary talents to serve others and to make the world a better place,” he said.

The ceremony concluded with the Class of 2022 taking an oath they composed themselves. They expressed gratitude, and pledged to use empathy, and respect as future caregivers.

White Coat Oath
The Class of 2022 recites their oath at the White Coat Ceremony
“We pledge to listen to, learn from, celebrate and partner with our communities to build a more equitable world and ensure that all people can realize the human right to health…we pledge to stay true to our deepest values, always striving to take the right path not the easy path.”

Watch a video of the White Coat Ceremony

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