Alexander and Paul recently graduated from Columbia College and have entered the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons’ (P&S) class of 2016.
On August 13, 2012, the two neurosurgeons got to watch their sons take part in Columbia’s traditional White Coat Ceremony. This rite of passage was started here at Columbia in 1993 by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
Dr. Arnold Gold, who started the foundation, has been a faculty member of Columbia University and part of the Neurological Institute for almost 50 years. He also served as Professor of Pediatric Neurology for both neurosurgeons McCormick and Sisti during their training.
Dr. Gold’s White Coat Ceremony was designed “to welcome entering medical students and help them to establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine. The event emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency. Currently, a White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at more than 90% of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States, as well as at all four medical schools in Israel.”
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