Today on KevinMD, Dr. Richard Levin, president and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, reflects on white coats and the past and future of medicine.
The rumors of the doctors’ demise are premature. In this country, there have never been as many people organized to figure out how to move the system away from the current dysfunction toward that triple aim, and the specialties are working together in new configurations that give hope to interprofessional training and care delivery. If you saw the faces of the class of 2017, after members of the faculty help them on with their white coats, transformed by the ritual and the oath and the sense of responsibility you would believe that they will fix what’s wrong. Even if we find they must wear airtight garments of special antibacterial fabrics imagined for the 24th century, the white coat with all that it means in the valuation of caring should still be donned by the newcomers to the new health care system.
Here at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, we are very excited to announce that Dr. Levin will be our Annual Humanism Day Celebration speaker. Register today and join us on Thursday, March 13!