BIDDEFORD – Jinaya O’Neal, daughter of Clifton and Glenice Fournier of Mechanic Falls, a first-year student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine participated recently in the college’s annual White Coat Ceremony to formally recognize the transition students make from laypersons to those assuming the responsibility of physicians.

The ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Highlights included presentation of a white coat by members of the second-year class and remarks by Dr. William G. Anderson, past president of the American Osteopathic Association and associate dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. A reception followed.

The White Coat Ceremony was an idea conceived by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to create a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy in medicine. The first ceremony took place in 1993 at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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