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Congratulations on your upcoming matriculation into the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.
As you are making preparations to start dental school, there are a number of important items we would like for you to be aware of prior to your arrival on campus. We have set up a web site for the incoming students within the School of Dentistry’s Intranet. You will find required information on the student and faculty intranet that you will need to read prior to coming to school.
The student and faculty intranet is password protected. When prompted, you will need to enter your VCU eID and password. If you have not set up your eID and password to access your VCU email, go to the VCU eID finder web site, supply your V number and birthday and click “find”. Set a password for your eID and set your security questions.
We are excitedly looking forward to you becoming a part of the long-standing history and tradition of excellent dental practitioners representing the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.
The VCU School of Dentistry’s White Coat Ceremony symbolizes dental and dental hygiene students’ entrance into the health-care profession of dentistry and marks their transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.
This year's ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 24 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Ballroom 21a.
Each member in the D.D.S. Class of 2019 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2018 will receive 4 tickets for invited friends and family to join them in this important celebration. Students do not need a ticket to enter.
Students should arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. with their white coats pressed and ready for presentation. Please proceed to the Governor's Room which is located just outside the Ballroom. Dress code for the men - dress shirt and tie, for the ladies - nice dress or sweater/blouse and dress slacks.
Guests should proceed to Ballroom 21a to locate seating. Based on seating capacity and fire safety regulations, all invited guests must have a ticket to enter the Ballroom.
Tickets will be distributed Monday, Feb. 20 outside the Crockett Lounge from 12 - 2 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your tickets during that time, please see Cindy Cheely in the Dean’s Office (Lyons 450) any time before Friday, Feb. 24 to pick up your tickets.
Students are encouraged to send an announcement, via email, for this event to immediate family members who are welcome to come and share in this experience.
A courtesy email announcement, about the White Coat Ceremony, will be sent from the dean’s office to up to four email addresses of your choosing.
Students may register those addresses online through the student faculty intranet. The deadline to register guests is Friday, Jan. 13.
I, as a member of the dental profession, will keep this pledge and these stipulations.
I understand and accept that my primary responsibility is to my patients, and I shall dedicate myself to render, to the best of my ability, the highest standard of oral health care and to maintain a relationship of respect and confidence. Therefore, let all come to me safe in the knowledge that their total health and well-being are my first considerations.
I shall accept the responsibility that, as a professional, my competence rests on continuing the attainment of knowledge and skill in the arts and sciences of dentistry.
I acknowledge my obligation to support and sustain the honor and integrity of the profession, and to conduct myself in all endeavors such that I shall merit the respect of patients, colleagues and my community. I further commit myself to the betterment of my community for the benefit of all of society.
I shall faithfully observe the Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct set forth by the profession.
All this I pledge with pride in my commitment to the profession and the public which it serves.
— Written by VCU faculty member Robert Strauss and a group of VCU students in 1990; adopted by the American Dental Association
Through VCU Dental Care, the VCU School of Dentistry takes pride in the quality and affordability of care and service it provides to the general public. Our patients are cared for by a professional and friendly staff who help them achieve optimal oral health.
To meet your specific needs both financially and medically, VCU Dental Care offers three levels of service in general dentistry. If cost is your major concern, our student practices provide the most affordable care, but you will need to allow extra time for an appointment. If your time is precious, our faculty private practice appointments typically last 45 minutes. If your needs fall somewhere in between, take a look at our specialty and graduate education practices.
Our specialty practices can help with a wide range of dental care, all at a fraction of the cost of private practice.