Every year, the Bahria University Medical & Dental College(BUM&DC) hosts a White Coat Ceremony & Family Orientation for incoming first year BDS. This is a day of orientation that is capped by the White Coat Ceremony, ushering students into their first year of medical and dental school.
The ceremony was held on Thursday, 15th December 2016 at BUMDC University auditorium. Faculty members from dental section of the University, senior naval officers from PNS Shifa Hospital and Director General and Principal & Dean of Bahria University attended the event to welcome the fifth incoming batch of BDS 2016-2020 of Bahria University Medical and Dental College who were accompanied by their parents.
The atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation. After spending hours in undergraduate years studying to prepare for Bachelors in Dental Surgery and striving to get into dental school, the day was finally upon the young inducted doctors. The day not only marked the beginning of a dental career, but also the vow to become a lifelong learner as a dentition.
After the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by the national anthem at 9:00 am, the hosts of the ceremony, Dr. Omair Majeed and Dr. Raima Bashir, greeted the audience and congratulated the incoming batch on behalf of BUM&DC
Principal Dental Section, Prof. Dr Zubair Ahmed Abbasi, in his welcome address motivated the fresh inductees and shared with them the true vision and their responsibilities in their life ahead.
Prof Asad ullah khan, Dean Bahria University also graced the occasion with his presence and addressed the audience emphasizing the indispensable role of a dentist towards the community health and the need for compassion, honesty and dedication throughout the journey towards becoming a successful dental professional.
Vice Admiral Retd Tehseenullah Khan, Director General Bahria University Medical & Dental College and Chief Guest of the Ceremony, took the podium and said that the mission of BUM&DC is to impart quality education and provide state-of-the-art educational programmes for health professionals at the under-graduate level. He also mentioned that the institute encourages active participation of students in extra-curricular activities.
Dr. Kulsoom Fatima Rizvi, Vice Principal Dental Section and Head of the Department of Community Dentistry, discussed the BDS curriculum, teaching methodologies and student evaluation protocol at BUM&DC.
The white coat was placed on each student’s shoulders by individuals who believe in the students’ ability to carry on the noble tradition of doctoring.
Head of department such as Dr Mushtaq, Dr Tabassum, Dr Beenish, Dr Shama, Dr Daood, handed over white coats to the students symbolizing their entry into the dental profession. Professor Dr. Zubair Ahmed Abbasi took Oath from the newly enrolled dental students who pledged to serve the nation as responsible doctors.
The event closed off with the traditional signing-in ceremony and photo session of all the students, parents and dental faculty , marking an inspiring and optimistic beginning to the new academic year.
Written by Dr. Sehrish Ahmed